Parents’ groups have responded mainly positively to a proposal to cut school summer holidays from eight weeks to six – but were less taken with the idea of moving to a two-zone system as with the winter and spring holidays.
While teachers’ union Snuipp said it was time for Peillon to “stop making hasty announcements through the media” the SNES-FSU was more pragmatic, with Daniel Robin saying “if we extend the teaching time by 5.5% we will need to be recompensed”.
Mr Robin said that the idea for a dual-zone system originated with the tourist industry and the road safety lobby: one wanted to keep an extended tourist season while the other wanted to see less busy roads with all of France heading on holiday at the same time.
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