How parents in China asking for more homework are victims of a high-pressure system

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 April, 2018, 3:58pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 April, 2018, 3:58pm

I refer to the article on Chinese parents calling for more schoolwork (“Why China’s tiger mums and dads are resisting ‘less homework’ policy”, March 24).

I believe most of these parents are caught in a quandary. They want to provide a happy childhood, but must also ensure that their children learn the skills to find a good job later. They think less homework and after-school activities will see their children fall behind. 

However, schooling should be about quality, not quantity. Having no time to relax or have fun is bad for children’s health, as it is for their minds.

It is the tests-based education system that needs to change, where results in high-pressure public exams can make or break careers, but can hardly be a true gauge of learning.

Walter Chong, Hang Hau