‘The light went on’ – Sun Valley principal on axing homework

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Cape Town – In a survey on News24, the vast majority, 1 356 users (88.4%) of the 1 534 total respondents, felt that all schools should do away with homework completely.

80.8% said they were overwhelmed with the amount of homework their children brought home each day, with only 9.7% stating the allotted homework was adequate, and 9.6% stating they did not have children.

Only 7.5% of respondents felt homework was ‘very important’ to their child’s development, with half, 50.5%, indicating that it was only ‘moderately important. 42% felt homework was ‘not important’ at all.

Almost two thirds felt homework only became important once children reached high school level (Grades 8-12), with only 18.9% indicating that homework was important at primary school.

Lastly, 45.8% of respondents said their children spent more than 90 minutes on homework each week day, with a further 31.6% stating their children spent between an hour and 90 minutes on daily homework.

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