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Mother fined $68 for vacationing with daughter during term-time, claims she learned more abroad than in classroom

The mother claims that her daughter learned about the language, culture, discovered things, and tried different local foods of the place
UPDATED SEP 21, 2022
Representational Image (Valentin Hembach/fStop/Getty Images)
Representational Image (Valentin Hembach/fStop/Getty Images)

HULL, UNITED KINGDOM: A mother has been fined $68 (£60) for taking her daughter on a vacation during her term time. The undeterred parent however said that the child learned more during "this much-needed vacation" than she would have in the classroom and will do this in the future too. She cheekily added that she "saved plenty" by not going during the summer vacation, in comparison to the fine that was levied on her.

The parent jetted to Spain with her daughter, where she claims the young one learned about the language, culture, and discovered things, and tried different local foods, reported Hull Live. The mother took to the social media platform, and said, "She learnt so much about Spanish culture, learnt some Spanish and tried lots of new foods." "Secondly the £60 fine didn't come close to the savings I made. I wouldn't have been able to go if not during term time,” she continued.


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The mother agreed that school is no less important, but there were "other things in the world that children need to learn and experience." She added that the break was necessary after the Covid-19 pandemic as it disrupted their lives. Interestingly, her comments on social media drew reactions from several other parents, who shared similar thoughts and agreed with the mother.

"Saved nearly a thousand pound on the price of the holiday it would have cost me if I took them during the summer holidays," one father said. "Will carry on doing so as it's still much cheaper, even with the fine," he added. The father was fined $136 (£120) for taking out his two sons on a holiday for a week in June.

Another parent shared that she was taken to court for refusing to pay the fine levied by the school for taking her child out while the session was in progress. The mum added that she had reached out to the school and requested their permission, however, she never heard back from the institution.

This incident has intensified the debate, as many parents admitted that they have been fined for taking their kids on vacation during the long term and won’t mind repeating it. Education Officials in Hull, were baffled by the growing number of fines levied on parents and are planning to get into the root cause and engineer a city-wide strategy to tackle the issue.