Kyle Sandilands fired up during Thursday morning’s broadcast of The Kyle and Jackie O Show in reaction to news of a private Catholic school allowing students to ‘learn from home’ one day a week.
Chevalier College in NSW’s Southern Highlands recently unveiled their controversial plans for a four-day school week, which Kyle has argued is a terrible idea.
The radio shock jock claimed Australian children need to spend more time in school rather than less because they are “dumb enough already”, and said students and teachers should follow the rest of the country’s workforce by sticking to a five-day work week.
“Now hang on a second, these teachers just asked for a pay rise and now they want an extra day off? No, the rest of us go to work Monday to Friday,” he said.
Kyle then asked his co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson how she would feel about her 12-year-old daughter Kitty staying home once a week.
“Permanently? No, not at all,” she said.
“Keep these a**holes at school. They’re dumb enough,” Kyle continued. “They don’t even learn enough now.
“It’s just another teacher problem. Enough of the b***hing from the teachers, get to the teaching.”
The show’s producers then chimed in and said teachers deserve another day off because they “work so much harder than everybody” and schools will “end up with no teachers” if things continue the way they are now.
“So what?” Kyle replied. “We’ll learn online, we’ll adapt.
“Just change this story to, these teachers have tried to get a day off and we’ve said no. Just change the story to that and that will be the narrative.”
School principal responds to outrage
Chevalier College’s principal Greg Miller has since defended the school’s decision to allow certain students from years 10 to 12 to ‘learn from home’ on Mondays.
“We will be setting clear parameters about the expectations of students on that day to consolidate learning from the previous week and to prepare for learning for the week coming up,” he said on Today on Thursday.
“It is just a reimagining and a repackaging of time in a smarter and better way so we can have continuity of learning with far less disruptions to face-to-face teaching.”
He also explained that the four-day school week would only impact the students and the teachers would still come to school Monday to Friday.
“Students will require the sign-off from their parent and they will only do this with their parents’ permission and support,” he added.
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