THE GOVERNMENT has issued a nationwide no-homework day to thank all the children in Ireland for their hard work this year.
Minister for Education Norma Foley announced the initiative today, and we reckon the news will result in a lot of happy kids across the country.
Minister Foley appeared on a kid-friendly interview with Séamus the Dog which will be aired on RTÉ's After School Hub tomorrow, where she revealed that from now up until Christmas, teachers can decide when to give their class a day with no homework.
In the interview, she tells Séamus that because he asked nicely, she will issue a Homework Pass to every child and young person in Ireland, which they can use to have a night off from schoolwork without getting into trouble.
"All the students I know have been really good and have been working very hard since they went back to school," she told the puppet presenter.
"Their teacher will decide what day the children can use it-- someday between now and Christmas."
She added: "The children and young people of Ireland have been just fantastic. We're very very proud of them and this is a thank you."
Teachers can download the official Government-issued 'Homework Pass' from this website starting from 5pm tomorrow.
Minister Foley also encouraged the children of Ireland to send artwork to the Department of Education so she can hang them in her office-- and all the children who send in pictures will receive an official certificate from the Education Minister.