School day subject to change

Glasgow's George Square and City Chambers with the Scott Monument in the Centre of the Square picture from  Big Hearted Wheel at the launch of The City of Love  in George Square, Glasgow.'Picture ALLAN MILLIGAN  date taken 8th February 2002 (electronic image)
Glasgow's George Square and City Chambers with the Scott Monument in the Centre of the Square picture from Big Hearted Wheel at the launch of The City of Love in George Square, Glasgow.'Picture ALLAN MILLIGAN date taken 8th February 2002 (electronic image)

TEENAGERS could soon enjoy an extra hour in bed each weekday, if a new proposal to change school hours is passed by Glasgow city council.

Green councillor Nina Baker is putting forward a motion at today’s full council meeting to shift the start of the school day to 10am, to help adolecents achieve more at school.

She told The Extra: “ My motion does not demand an instant change to school hours.

“I instead ask the policy committee to undertake a study of the evidence — talk to staff, pupils and experts on the benefits and possible actions to take in the light of the evidence, to adjust the school day to the best advantage.”

Pollokshields councillor David Meikle,believes pupils should stick to the traditional timetable.

The Conservative said: “A 9am start ensures children get used to the routine of a normal working day, while research shows productivity is greater in the morning. Think of the impact on working parents and teachers.”

However, Mhairi Hunter, the SNP representative in the same war believes “evidence should be examined beforereaching a conclusion”.

EIS Glasgow branch secretary Hugh Donnelly has criticised the proposal. He told The Extra:”Given the impact of cuts in staff and resources, challenges of a new curriculum and significant increase in workload it is very difficult to consider the delayed start as a priority consideration.

“That is not to mention the introduction of a new exam system and teachers being expected to work until 68.”

Angela Weldon was one of many Extra readers to dismiss the proposal. She commented: “Some councillors have lost touch with reality, how about additional teachers and support staff to help productivity instead.”

Yvonne Stewart added: “Productivity of who the — teachers or the kids?”