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Tue Feb 19, 2019, 06:59 AM

For sake of pupils' pupils, China to ban homework on apps

Source: Associated Press

For sake of pupils’ pupils, China to ban homework on apps

February 18, 2019

BEIJING (AP) — An eastern Chinese province plans to ban teachers from assigning homework to be completed on cellphone apps as part of efforts to preserve students’ eyesight.

Zhejiang province issued a draft regulation last week and is seeking public comment. It is one of several provinces considering such measures.

Along with barring app-based homework assignments, the Zhejiang regulation would limit the use of electronic devices to 30 percent of total teaching time and encourage the issuing of paper homework to be completed by hand.

Soaring rates of nearsightedness are blamed partly on screen usage. While China’s overall rate of myopia is 31 percent, among high school students it stands at 77 percent and among college students 80 percent.


Read more: https://apnews.com/0bbc344db4c04f2a8e194836b8f0263e

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