Date
20 October 2017
Domestic helpers say they are scolded by their employers when they give their wards an incorrect answer. Photo: HKEJ
Domestic helpers say they are scolded by their employers when they give their wards an incorrect answer. Photo: HKEJ

Most domestic workers asked to help with kids’ homework

Six in 10 domestic workers in Hong Kong are asked by their employers to help their children with their homework.

Most are responsible for one to two children with an average age of six, Apple Daily reported Monday, citing a survey which interviewed 730 domestic helpers in January and February.

Four in 10 respondents said they have little or no idea how to go about teaching the children.

Nearly seven in 10 said they have trouble dealing with the children’s behavior, adding grammar and spelling are the most difficult tasks when teaching them English.

About half hold a bachelor’s degree and nearly four in 10 finished high school.

A quarter of the respondents are scolded by their employers — even called “stupid”  – when they give their wards an incorrect answer.

Hong Kong Psychological Society chairman Lau Ying-kin, who helped in the survey, said parents’ expectations of domestic helpers could result in frustration when things do not go according to plan.

Such expectations pose additional pressure on domestic helpers, especially when children are influenced into following the parents’ example, Lau said.

Ying Wa Primary School principal Lam Woon-sum said parents are putting the cart before the horse when they ask domestic helpers to help with their children’s schoolwork.

Lam said parents have no excuse not to be involved in their children’s homework and they should not deprive them of the opportunity to learn self-help skills with their guidance.

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