Well it seems to work just fine in my school where there are children staying behind for other activities. If it can work for sport or music it can work for everything.
This is just another excuse. If those who want their child to do wherever want to get the school to assume responsibility then be willing to compromise
I’ve no doubt it does, but what works in one school hardly sets the standards for what should work in all schools when every school community is different.
That’s why I said at the beginning of the thread that it would be most likely a decision made by the Board of Management of each school as opposed to the idea being rolled out to all schools on a blanket basis. It’s like freshpopcorn posted above too - schools in his area allow the parents the choice of collecting their children early or allowing their children to do other activities until the whole school finishes for the day.
In schools in my area, some schools allow some of the parents to take their children home on half days when religion is being taught, and I’ve met plenty of parents and people involved in education and employment who are of the opinion that the school day should be extended to accommodate working parents who have to either leave work early to collect their children from school or pay a childminder extra.
The OP appears to have gotten over-excited at the thoughts of a survey carried out in Dublin as though it could be applied to the rest of the country. In practice of course it’s unlikely even to apply in Dublin where we recently saw the parents and staff in a number of schools kick off because they wanted to maintain their school communities as they are. We’ve also seen parents go to the media when the local parish priest made not so thinly veiled threats against parents who’s children were receiving the sacraments.
People are often known to say one thing because it feels like the right thing to say, but when it comes down to it, they had no intention of compromising if it means they have to compromise anything.