China's education authorities are in the process of burdening parents with schoolchildren. A proposal posted in the Foreign Ministry of China's eastern province in Zhejiang said teachers should be banned from using WeChat, QQ, or other mobile apps to assign homework or ask parents to classify student assignments.
As a mobile internet boom in China, phones have become an extension of daily activities, including schooling. Instead of announcing class homework or distributing messages to students in person, teachers are now dumping tasks in WeChat groups designed to interact with parents. Many teachers are keen to exercise their power through these digital channels, asking their parents to help students with issues and even rank their homework.
The regional action follows a number of national guidelines published by the Ministry of Education in October teachers and schools should take more responsibility than shifting the load on the parents. "Teachers should be responsible for their job, treat their teaching seriously, take care of their homework and help their students with care."
Not all schools abuse digital platforms to such an extent. A Shenzhen-based parent told TechCrunch that her other degrees going to a local public school still do a lot of her homework in writing, and parenting is moderate.
"Different schools treat the technology differently and I'm not against using it. For example, it's useful to use a digital device to learn English because much of the process involves audio and video," the parent says. "I think sometimes media are teachers and schools in such a negative light just to get attention. ”
Other recommendations in the national announcement include limiting the amount of online homework to reduce myopia, which has become a source of concern for parents and society As a whole,
The new directives also come as Beijing seeks to clear up what and how private technology services infiltrate student life, and in a broad-scale, the government ordered video game releases to cover children's playing time and sent shares of industry leaders Tencent and NetEase Tumbling Later, the Ministry of Education has asked schools and universities to revise applications used by teachers and students on campus in accordance with the guidelines set by the regulator.
Despite the government's intention to ease stress and connect devices to students, education apps have flourished in China. Those who help the students to surpass their peers have done particularly well. Yuanfudao, a startup offering live courses, exam prep and homework help, received a $ 3 billion valuation in its last $ 300 million funding round in December. Its rivals Zuoyebang and Yiqi Zuoye have similarly attracted big-name investors and substantial funds to help their young users come forward.