Dumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell has questioned Dumfries and Galloway council’s plans to radically alter school holidays in the region.
Mr Mundell says the council’s proposals have confused parents and is wondering why they have decided now is the time to re-open the debate over school holidays.
He also says that a number of local teachers have been in touch who work in the region but live elsewhere and are concerned that the changes could see them have substantially different holidays from their children. The local MSP believes that the proposed 4 week summer holiday could end up making teacher recruitment even more difficult.
Commenting Oliver Mundell MSP said: “I simply cannot understand why the council have decided to re-open the controversial debate over school holiday periods at this moment.
“It is a subject where it will be absolutely impossible to get agreement on and that is already proving to be the case.
“A number of teachers have been in touch with me expressing concerns over the plans as they live outside the region and are unhappy at the prospect of having radically different holidays from their own children.
"We are already facing continued challenges in recruiting teachers to Dumfries and Galloway and I fear making radical changes to term times will only make that trickier.
“The council need to go about these plans more carefully.”
Mr Mundell is also urging parents across the region to take part in the council’s consultation and called on youngsters to be consulted too.
He added: “I hope that as many parents as possible can get involved in this consultation and make their strong feelings known to the council, in order for them to understand the effects this could have.
“I also feel that young people themselves need to be consulted over any proposed changes as it is their schooling that will ultimately be affected by any proposals.”