I am writing in response to the Face Off article, "Should schools start and end later?"
Yes, they should start and end later. I have to wake up at 6.30 every morning to catch the 7.20am bus to school. However, as scientists say, teenagers need at least eight hours' sleep every day to maintain a healthy lifestyle. So, to get enough sleep, we'll need to go to bed at 10.30pm. But most of us have so many after-school activities and so much homework this is not possible. In other words, students will have to finish everything within five to six hours. Moreover, if they have to work a long time without a break, their academic performance will suffer.
I think school should start one to two hours later and end half an hour later so that students can sleep later if necessary and wake up later. This way, students should have no problem getting at least eight hours' sleep every day. Also, then they don't need to stay late at school to do their homework because they'll have enough time to finish it at home.
Oscar Tong, St Paul's Co-educational College
From the Editor
Thank you for your letter, Oscar. It seems no matter what time school starts, students are going to be stressed and feel they are working too hard. Personally, I would have a lot more sympathy for students if I didn't know for a fact that they spend way too much time on their phones.
You have suggested taking around an hour and a half away from the school day. Some students even go to school on Saturdays because their teachers are unable to complete the syllabus in time. Can you imagine how tough it would be if the school day was shorter? What do other readers think?