SEOUL, Dec.9 (Korea Bizwire) – Chinese media have reported that students in China spend an average of three hours per day doing homework, which was double the world average.
The media reported the results of a report entitled ‘Investigation on Stress Levels of Elementary, Junior High, and High School Students’, based on the big data analysis of 20,000 students who use an education website called K12.
The results of the investigation showed that 5,278 or 26.4 percent of the students spent two hours doing homework every day, while 8,980 students spent three hours (44.9 percent) and 5,742 students spent more than four hours (28.7 percent).
This is three times more than the average one hour that students in France spend on their homework, four times more than the 45 minutes Japanese students spend, and 6 times more than the average 30 minutes Korean students spend.
Also, many students felt stressed due to their excessive homework.
Almost half of the respondents answered that they were ‘tired because of their homework’, and 20 percent even answered that ‘they felt suffocated and wanted to tear their textbooks’.
The Chinese media that reported the results of the investigation also suggested that the students’ health was at risk because they sometimes had to do homework during time that should have been spent sleeping.
The average sleeping time of junior high school students was less than seven hours, and 18.2 percent of elementary school students, 46.3 percent of junior high school students and 87.6 percent of high school students reported that they went to bed after 11 at night.
Parents also had problems when their children didn’t finish their homework or came across difficult questions, according to the research.
The big data showed that 44.9 percent of parents suggested that their children should give up finishing their homework and go to bed, while 32.7 percent answered that they completed their children’s homework for them instead.
By Lina Jang (firstname.lastname@example.org)