United Kingdom: As Energy Costs Skyrocket, One College Becomes First To Adopt A Four-Day School Week

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In response to rising energy prices, a college became the first institution in Britain to implement a four-day school week.

South Essex College, which has locations in Basildon, Southend, and Thurrock, has revealed that it intends to shut down its classes every Friday in an effort to save expenses in response to recent increases in those expenses.

The institution, which offers classes to students ranging in age from 14 all the way up to undergraduates and adults, said that students will continue to get the same amount of hours of face-to-face instruction, with sessions taking place between Monday and Thursday.

According to the report, students who work from home on Fridays would be encouraged to engage in “independent study,” while instructors would be allowed to utilize the day to catch up on marking and administrative tasks.