Six out of 10 poll respondents think that a summer break of a month or more is good. The page A8 Special report, ‘Does summer break lead to learning loss?’, published in Gulf News on July 16, looks at whether too much time off affects a student’s learning capabilities.
According to the report, children in the UAE in particular aren’t as susceptible to learning loss in the summer break, as long as parents begin to understand the broader definition of learning with less emphasis on a formal education.
According to a John Hopkins University report, children whole wrote a standardised test in September, scored lower than when they wrote one in June. More than a dozen countries have school years of 200 days or more. China’s school year is 260 days, Germany has 240 days, South Korea has 220 days, Russia has 211 days and the Netherlands has 200 school days. These are only a few examples of schools who have shorter summer breaks.