Hong Kong schoolchildren spend the second-longest time on homework, next only to their Russian counterparts, according to a recent study covering 46 countries and regions, Sky Post reports.
Students in the Netherlands spend the least amount of time on homework, with 20 percent of them not doing any homework at all, according to the study.
The study also found that students who spend less time doing homework are better readers.
Those who spend more than an hour on homework every day fared worse in reading tests than their counterparts who spend an average 30 to 60 minutes on homework each day.
Those who only spend only 15 to 30 minutes on homework scored the highest in reading ability assessments.
Parents could play an important role in the children’s education by not doing their assignments for them.
The study said those who are able to finish their homework without assistance from parents tend to perform better in reading tests.
Unfortunately, it also found that nearly 70 percent of parents are helping their children in doing homework.
Professor Tse Shek-kam, honorary director of Centre for Advancement of Chinese Language Education and Research at the University of Hong Kong, who participated in the global study representing Hong Kong, said local schoolchildren ranked third to the last in learning motivation, self-confidence and commitment to learning.
Ian Lam Chun-bun, assistant professor of the Department of Early Childhood Education at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, said parents who help their children in doing homework would inevitably exert pressure on the students.
On the other hand, those who do homework on their own would become self-driven and active thinkers, which help in improving their reading ability, Lam added.
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