26 Sep '11, 2am

Are kids overworked in school? Singapore parents call for more manageable workload for children

Are kids overworked in school? Singapore parents call for more manageable workload for children

Parents have expressed concern about the tight deadlines, difficulty level and amount of homework their children get. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN By Leow Si Wan & Cheryl Ong Housewife Christine Tan's son spends two hours on homework and online assignments daily - and he is all of seven years old and in Primary 1. She said of her other son, who is in Primary 4 and attends the same school as his younger brother: 'He spent most of the June holidays doing more than 50 multiple-choice questions for each of his subjects.' The 45-year-old mum said she supports Education Minister Heng Swee Keat's call for schools to establish a policy on homework. Background story Tips for parents HERE are some strategies parents can use to help their children manage the demands of school work, courtesy of Ms Goh Li Shan, a coordinator of Tinkle Friend, a hotline for troubled primary school children:...

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