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Chinese province to ban homework on cellphone apps

/ 05:02 PM February 18, 2019
Chinese province to ban homework on cellphone apps

This picture taken on March 14, 2017 shows students looking at their smartphones during a class at the Yiwu Industrial & Commercial College in Yiwu, east China’s Zhejiang Province.  AFP PHOTO / Johannes EISELE / TO GO WITH Lifestyle-celebrity-retail-China-internet, FEATURE by Albee ZHANG

BEIJING — 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.

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Along with barring app-based homework assignments, it 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.

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The regulation would bar primary and middle school students from bringing electronic devices into classrooms without permission, restrict amounts of homework assigned and increase the time for breaks, sports, and extra-curricular activities.

It says no written homework at all should be assigned to 1st and 2nd graders. /kga

TOPICS: app, cellphone, China, Education, Eyesight, Health, homework, International news, Mobile, nearsighted, News, students, technology, World, World News
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