Climate change: How much time should you be allowed off school to protest?

School pupils in Edinburgh will now be given a day a year when they can officially miss school to protest about climate change. It’s after thousands of students here in the UK and across the world chose to skip school so they could attend climate change demonstrationsBBC Newsround reports.

Another global protest is planned for September, when lessons will have started again after the summer break.

Edinburgh council has told Newsround that it was the first place in Scotland to allow pupils to miss school to attend a protest, but that with more protests planned during school time, there needed to be a rule put in place.

Councillor Ian Perry said: “We have agreed pupils can take one authorised absence in the academic year for those who wish to take part in climate change protests as long as there is advance written parental consent. We are also encouraging schools to support pupils in any projects which helps educate them in school about climate change.”

Read more Climate change: How much time should you be allowed off school to protest? 

What do you think? Is one day enough or should pupils be allowed more? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin


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