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Students at school for long hours

Schools in Shanghai are extending after-school hours to help parents.

At Hongkou District No. 2 Central Primary School, students now leave campus after 4:30pm, an hour after regular classes end.

Zheng Yan, the principal, said the school offered three options for students — review studies and homework until 4:30pm; take part in club activities until 5pm; and stay longer to 6pm. “All the students have chosen to leave after 4:30pm, with more than 43 percent until 5pm and 15 until 6pm.”

Zheng said each class had a teacher to help students with their homework and to develop their time management.

“Our teachers also monitor whether students can finish homework at school, and the results are preferences for them to adjust assignments if necessary,” she said.

“They can also review the homework in front of the student and explain to students about anything they don’t understand.”

There are also 15 club activities for students after school covering traditional culture, artistic performances, academic study and sports.

Shanghai Daily saw some students learning to play the guzheng, a 21-stringed traditional Chinese instrument, practicing tea art, and playing tennis yesterday.

For the 15 students staying until 6pm while their parents are at work, student volunteers take them to the playground for sports, or they can read books from the school library.


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