Date
17 December 2017
Eight in 10 children are enrolled in five to six summer programs, according to a survey. Photo: HK Government
Eight in 10 children are enrolled in five to six summer programs, according to a survey. Photo: HK Government

Children’s summer schedule either too packed or empty: survey

Talk about keeping kids busy — or not at all.

Nearly 10 percent of primary students will have their summer classes arranged for them by their parents on a daily basis while double that number will have nothing lined up for them, according to a survey.

SkyPost is reporting that about 8 percent are enrolled in five to six summer programs and a slightly lower percentage have signed up in seven or more.

Almost 9 percent have classes every day.

The survey, which was conducted by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG), interviewed 1,465 students in primary three to six.

It shows that eight in 10 of the respondents are going to at least one summer class.

About 24 percent of those with activities planned for the summer are doing mainly sports while about 43 percent are enrolled according to their preferences.

But more than 20 percent of the respondents said  they are not enrolled in any summer courses.

A mother of 12-year-old twins, surnamed Lo, said summer courses are getting more popular, with many parents signing up their children for different programs in early June, almost a month earlier than last year.

HKFYG supervisor Hsu Siu-man said students are supposed to wind down during the summer holiday.

Getting them into too many activities could make them lose interest in learning.

On the other hand, it would not do them any good if they were simply set loose with nothing planned for them.

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