30 May '14, 6am

Parliament: Have at least two homework-free days a week: Lim Biow Chuan

Parliament: Have at least two homework-free days a week: Lim Biow Chuan

SINGAPORE - To reduce stress and promote family bonding, all schools should have at least two homework-free days a week, said MP Lim Biow Chuan (Mountbatten) on Friday. He urged the Ministry of Education to make this a policy, and also called for a reduction of the primary and secondary school curriculum by 20 to 30 per cent. He noted that just like adults, "who work very hard and are stressed", young students are also stressed. "Parents fear that even as they set aside time for their children, it is their children who don't have time for them anymore." "I am concerned that in our desire to develop our children holistically, we may inadvertently take away their childhood." Homework-free days "will benefit not only the students but will also ease the workload of the teachers who can then spend more time with their own families," he added. Earlier in his speech, he had also ...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/education/stor...

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