Majority from 30 Vega Baja schools wanted to only have lessons in the mornings

La Paz school in Callosa

More than 30 primary schools in the Vega Baja decided on Thursday to implement a continuous day, which means lessons would finish at 2pm.

Most of the schools that were authorised to have a vote were in favour of the change, such as in Torrevieja where all of them did apart from the Colegio Amanecer which did not have a vote.

In Orihuela it was supported by the schools Andrés Manjón, Villar Palasí, Fernando de Loaces, Ismael García (La Murada), Nuestra Señora de Belén (La Aparecida) and San Bartolomé.

In Pilar de la Horadada the Mediterráneo and Virgen del Pilar voted in favour.

In Callosa de Segura there was a massive turnout and they agreed on the new system at the schools Primo de Rivera, La Paz, San Roque and Rafael Altamira.

In Rojales it was approved at the only local primary school, Poeta Miguel Hernández (previously Príncipe de España) with 64% of votes in favour.

The three schools in Dolores – Colegios Virgen de los Dolores, San Francisco de Asís and Cardenal Belluga – also approved the intensive school day.

Parents at the Azorín school in Catral also massively supported it, with 1,027 votes in favour and only 11 against, with 77.8% participation.

Supporters of this model claims it enables better organisation of staff training, coordination of activities in schools and reconciliation of family and working life, as with this system parents can pick up their children at different times. This could be as soon as lessons finish or after children take part in extra curricular activities organised by the school or in collaboration with town halls and other institutions.

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