In Asia school days of 8am -6pm are not uncommon, also Summer holidays are much shorter, Michael Gove the UK Education Secretary thinks the UK should move that way, Ireland ?
Michael Gove proposes longer school day and shorter holidays | Politics | guardian.co.uk
British schools will soon need to change from a timetable designed for a 19th century agricultural economy to a more family friendly, flexible schedule, Michael Gove, the secretary of state for education, has told a conference.
Pupils are handicapped in comparison with their peers in other countries
I also think it's going to be family friendly," Gove said....
In his speech, Gove held out the example of successful education systems in east Asia that demanded higher standards of their students.