I had an interesting talk with a gentleman who I have known for a long time in my last visit to Nepal. During our conversation on a wide variety of topics, he brought up the topic of the educational system in Nepal. Another fellow also jumped in the middle of the conversation and delivered his verdict against a particular school that is known for sending schoolwork/homework with kids that keep them busy all evening.
Consequently, the overloaded schoolwork is making their children suffer emotionally and deprived of sleep as they struggle to get done with their homework while staying up late.
Those two parents shared the same sentiment as the majority of other parents, including my own relatives, who complained that their children have little or no time to enjoy food or have enough rest for their body. The gigantic amount of workload and demands from school teachers have kept them aloof from family and friends. Consequently, the overloaded schoolwork is making their children suffer emotionally and deprived of sleep as they struggle to get done with their homework while staying up late.
Some parents seemed to disagree with those two gentlemen. They thought that keeping their children busy with tons of schoolwork all evening is incredibly good. The children would not come nag their parents or stick to television programs or go out with friends when they have to accomplish a lot in few hours. I, myself, had witnessed that some parents were displeased with teachers who did not assign a lot of homework to their kids and made their discontentment known to the teacher and school by threatening to pull their children out of the school. I can’t assume and assert that this is the case in every school in Kathmandu but what I can see is the trend that majority of private schools is following.
However, they have failed to realize that they are not doing any good to their children in the long run by breaking their back by putting so much psychological, physical, and emotional pressure on them in their tender age.
They know what is best for the children. So, they try not to put an excessive amount of mental, physical, and psychological pressure on kids by sending heavy workload from school. Yet, they have to compromise with their conscience to keep their schools running by agreeing with the parents’ unreasonable demand.
Surely, the parents also want the best for their children. They have invested their life-savings on their children’s education. However, they have failed to realize that they are not doing any good to their children in the long run by breaking their back by putting so much psychological, physical, and emotional pressure on them in their tender age. Anxiety is the worst thing possible a child needs which causes extreme stress and mental breakdown even in adults.
Definitely, children need homework to practice what they learned in the classroom and also reinforce and improve their learning. Meantime, teachers also need to be sensitive to children’s age and mental capacity when sending them homework. A kindergartener or first grader cannot be expected to copy A-Z in 10 pages or write 1-100 in another 5 pages or so. Homework can be beneficial to a child only when given in moderation. They also need time for being with their family, and equally play and socialize with siblings and friends. Therefore, teachers and parents must come to the terms where they can help their kids in the best way possible. And that would be – initiate a dialogue between two parties and seek good for the children.