French President plans to ban homework

Published: Oct 18, 2012, 07:49 IST | Agencies |

The next French revolution could dethrone homework. French President Fran ois Hollande vowed to end homework on Tuesday.

Socialist Hollande worries that privileged children benefit from parental assistance on take-home assignments and that disadvantaged children do not.

Hurrah for kids: French President wants to ban homework, as he says it is unfair to the poor students. File Pic

“An education program is, by definition, a societal program. Work should be done at school, rather than at home,” Hollande said. Although students will likely celebrate the axing of homework, they might lament Hollande’s plan to extend the school week from four days to four-and-a-half days.

Schools will dismiss children earlier than they already do most days and after lunchtime on the extra day, but the planned schedule is not without criticism. “It’s completely unrealistic,” said Valerie Marty, president of the national parents’ organisation.

Despite their short weeks and long summer vacations, French students currently spend more time in the classroom than many other nations.

Notwithstanding their annual average of 847 school hours, France ranks below most nearby European countries, as well as the United States, on international tests. This has prompted a desire for restructuring.

Hollande’s extensive education reform plans include increasing financial aid while combating truancy. He also intends to provide incentives for teachers in difficult areas. Hollande also promised to employ around 60,000 teachers in the next five years.

847 The number of hours that students spend in French schools in a year                   

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