Higher-income Hong Kong parents are not spending enough time with their children during the work week, according to a survey.
Less than 30 percent of parents with a monthly household income of at least HK$50,000 spend more than eight hours with their children during work days, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports, citing a survey by the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
The survey interviewed 6,900 parents of kindergarten students from December to February.
It found that 57 percent of their time with their children is spent doing homework. Many parents also find it hard to balance their lifestyle as their time becomes less flexible.
However, parents in general enjoy spending time with their children.
About 27 percent prefer to play with their children while 22 percent read aloud to them, suggesting most family activities are heavily school-related.
More than 40 percent disagree with the notion of “winning at the starting line”, according to Headline Daily.
Half of the parents wish that there was no homework for primary one or two students but many parents agree that without examinations their children would not revise what they are taught in school.
About 30 percent hope that their children can get into a band one primary school, implying that they care very much about their children’s academics.
Cheng Pui-wah, a professor in early childhood education in Tung Wah College, said training and drilling children at too early an age would bring about negative effects.
She urged the government to consider “learning via playing” when designing the early childhood education syllabus.
This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on April 10
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