20th May 2024
Sitges News

New calendar for academic year proves controversial for local schools

At the end of last week, the Catalan Government’s Department of Education announced that the new academic year will start during the first week of September this year, with an ‘intensive timetable’ throughout the month. This generally means that lessons will run from 9am until 1pm, but with no afternoon tuition.

The announcement has proved controversial for the education community, causing reluctance among teachers, whilst the opinion of families is divided.

In the schools and institutes of Sitges and Sant Pere de Ribes, as is the case throughout Catalonia, there is a great diversity of opinions. On the one hand, part of the community sees the measure positively, as it would be adjusting the school calendar more awards other European schedules, as well as helping families by re-starting more or less at the same time as many companies after the August holiday period.

On the other hand, reorganising the whole of September with an ‘intensive timetable’ has opened up other debates, whilst local teachers now also have less time to prepare things for the new academic year’s earlier start.

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