Tons of of government-run colleges in Abu Dhabi and Dubai will now not assign their pupils homework, the Ministry of Training has stated.
The 256 colleges – 23 in Dubai and 233 in Abu Dhabi – will abolish homework from February 16, as a part of adjustments to enhance the standard of educating.
Lubna Al Shamsi, appearing govt director for colleges, stated the transfer is geared toward making certain pupils make one of the best use of their time throughout the college day.
Separate classes will probably be merged, with no break, so lessons in Arabic, English, arithmetic, science, and design and know-how will every final 90 minutes.
My daughter enjoys portray and studying, however now she doesn’t have time to learn as a result of she has a lot homework
Hind Al Naqbi
Ms Al Shamsi stated lessons will probably be damaged down right into a five-minute session of psychological stimulation and 50 minutes of tuition, with the remaining time spent on sensible actions.
The ‘no homework’ rule will create a stability between tutorial necessities and household life, important for his or her development and private improvement, Ms Al Shamsi stated. The college day is not going to be longer than at current.
On Tuesday, dad and mom had been combined of their response to the ministry’s resolution. Some frightened their kids would spend extra time on gadgets whereas others stated they hoped the brand new rule to be prolonged to non-public colleges.
Hind Al Naqbi, an Emirati mother-of-two, stated her daughters, aged seven and 12, attend a public college in Abu Dhabi and by no means have time to pursue their hobbies as a result of they’re assigned an excessive amount of homework.
“My daughter is in grade seven and she or he used to like studying however had no time for actions she enjoys,” she stated.
“I’ve to assist my kids they usually get a number of homework. My husband and I typically talk about that it is a downside for us a household as we don’t get time to even sit collectively.”
She stated her elder daughter comes dwelling from college at 4.15pm, eats a fast lunch in 15 minutes, does homework till 7pm, has dinner after which goes straight to sleep.
“My kids have a lots of homework and, at occasions, have a number of exams on sooner or later,” she stated.
“I’m very completely happy that my kids would have the ability to spend time with us.
“My daughter enjoys portray and studying however she doesn’t have time to learn as a result of she has a lot homework.”
However Nada Abushibs, an Emirati mother-of three, stated she frightened that kids might not spend their spare time productively.
She stated kids might find yourself spending their hours on devices, watching motion pictures or enjoying video games as a substitute of studying or taking over productive hobbies.
“Youngsters don’t like research and when they don’t have homework, they don’t wish to work anyway,” she stated.
“For me, this isn’t an excellent resolution. I really feel that when pupils learn and write, they perceive their research higher.”
She stated homework was vital for revision and maybe the reply can be to simply cut back the quantity of labor assigned to kids as a substitute of taking out it fully.
“Youngsters have lots of time at dwelling and sit with their headphones, watching motion pictures or enjoying on their iPads,” she stated.
Final yr, a number of private schools in Dubai said they were removing homework to permit pupils to “have a life” and ease calls for positioned on dad and mom.
At the very least three college operators, Arcadia Training, Taaleem and Ambassador Training, advised The Nationwide they’ve stopped homework or restricted the quantity of labor kids are requested to do at dwelling.
Mother and father welcomed the choice and stated kids wanted to spend much less time on homework and extra time enjoying.
On the time, Kamal Kalwani, chief govt of college operator Ambassador Training, stated many “dad and mom additionally find yourself spending a fortune on tutoring their kids after college”, whereas Graham Beale, govt principal of Arcadia, stated pupils who had been combating homework would get extra help at school.
Up to date: February 11, 2020 05:12 PM