Saira Khan jokes she'd 'rather go to prison' than 'waste time' at parent's evening - but Loose Women viewers accuse her of not caring about her children's education
- Saira Khan believes parents evenings are a waste of time and should be banned
- Mother-of-two doesn't see the point and would rather speak over the phone
- Viewers disagreed and asked to consider the teachers who give up own time
Loose Women viewers have criticised Saira Khan for branding parents evening a 'waste of time' and insisting she'd rather catch up with her children's teachers over the phone.
The 49-year-old panelist admitted on the show today that she was 'absolutely exhausted' after attending her two children's parents evening, and joked that she would rather be 'roaming prisons'.
Viewers disagreed with the presenter with several asking her to consider the feelings of the teachers who have sacrificed their time for parents, while another accused her of not caring about her children's education.
Saira Khan, 49, appeared on Loose Women today where she branded parents evening a waste of time and joked she would rather be 'roaming prison' than attend
She said: 'I'd rather be roaming prisons than go to parents evening. I've done two parents evenings this week I'm absolutely exhausted
'The first one, my daughter is eight it took me twenty minutes to park the car. I was in a right old hot sweat, and I sat there and all I could think about was change in the meter.
'She kept asking me what level is she on with reading, and I thought "I have no clue".
'Then I went to my son's. He had about 15 teachers and it was like doing a marathon, I was exhausted.'
Fans quickly took to Twitter to share their anger with one insisting 'there is a problem' if you don't want to attend your child's parents evening and another claiming it's part of a 'parent's responsibility'.
Fans quickly took to Twitter to share their anger with one insisting 'there is a problem' if you don't want to attend your child's parents evening
One said: 'There is a problem if you cant give up one hour in the year to speak to your child's teacher. My three-year-old is having her first one in November and I cant wait.
Another wrote: 'Yeah let’s all not give a s*** about our kid’s education. That’s a teacher's job. FFS.
'Education is also a parent's responsibility. I’m sure they’d be at the school in no time if their kid had a problem!'
A third fumed: 'If you can’t make parents evening, you clearly know your child academically better than those teachers. Home school if that’s the case.'
Saira went on to suggest holding appointments with teachers over video chat as there would be 'no stress'
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Saira went on to suggest holding appointments with teachers over video chat as there would be 'no stress'.
She explained: 'I think in the modern age we're all busy we have no time let's just FaceTime parents evening.
'I could be cooking the dinner no parking fees, no stress, no nothing you can see what my environment is like, I could be in my pyjamas.'
Viewers continued to criticize the view, with one angry teacher insisting that teachers don't enjoy meeting a multitude of parents in one evening
Viewers continued to criticize the view, with one angry teacher commenting: 'Imagine being a teacher having to meet 15 parents one evening and another 15 parents the following evening.
'All that with having to teach all day. If you can come up with an alternative method my ears are opened!'
Another said: 'What about the time teachers give up with their own families and children for parents evening? It doesn’t just inconvenience the parents!'
A third asked: 'In terms of parents evenings- imagine what it's like for the teachers. '