Homework cut gives lift to students


Measures to reduce the amount of homework given to students have been rolled out by the Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec).

Obec secretary-general Boonrak Yodpetch said he signed the Education Ministry's order last week to instruct all schools to slash the homework burden.

According to the order, educational institutes are required to provide learning activities which comply with their students' assignments.

To avoid duplication of content in assignments, staff who teach students at the same educational level must work closely to formulate an integrated plan when giving out homework to their students, the order stated.

One assignment should be used to assess students' performances for several subjects, the directive said.

In addition, the number of assignments and submission deadlines must be calculated based on educational levels and ages of learners.

Schools have also been instructed to economise on tools used for doing homework to help students save on learning costs, according to the order.

The amount of time spent on completing assignments, for example for Prathom 1-3 (1st-3rd grades), should be around 30 minutes or less than one hour, while for Prathom 4-6 students (4th-6th grades) it should be about one hour but less than an hour and a half.

For Mathayom 1-6 (7th-12th grades) students, it should not take more than two hours to finish their homework.

The criteria were devised in response to an order by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who recently voiced his concerns over the homework assignments given to school students causing too much of a burden on them.


Origin: https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1388026/homework-cut-gives-lift-to-students

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