Pupils support longer school days – survey

2013-08-30 12:33

School pupils are in favour of longer school days to learn a third language, a survey by Pondering Panda found.

“It was found that almost three in five learners (59%) felt that this was a good idea... [that] the school day be extended by an hour for grades four through 12,” spokeswoman Shirley Wakefield said today in a statement.

The company conducted cellphone interviews with 2?906 pupils between the ages of 13 and 24 across the country in August.

Thirty-three percent believed it was a bad idea, while nine percent had no opinion on the matter.

Wakefield said the survey was a clear indication young people were hungry for learning.

“Pupils have also shown their enthusiasm for learning a third language, once more showing their support for the education department’s proposals.”

The survey further found black and coloured pupils were more interested in learning science and maths than a third language.

“If a mandatory extension to the school day was implemented, 56%... said they would rather spend the extra time learning science and maths. In comparison, 38% favoured using the time to learn another language.”

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