Chinese province bans app-based homework to save students’ eyesight

Chinese province bans app-based homework to save students' eyesight

A province in eastern China is moving to ban teachers from assigning homework on mobile apps as part of an effort to save students’ eyesight.

Along with banning app-based homework assignments, the Zhejiang regulation would limit the use of electronic devices to 30 percent of total teaching time and instead encourage homework to be completed by hand on paper.

Zhejiang province issued a draft regulation last week and is undergoing a public consultation. Other regions are mulling similar measures.

China’s soaring rates of shortsightedness are partly put down to prolific screen usage.

While its overall rate of myopia is 31 per cent, 77 per cent of high school students and 80 per cent of college students have the condition. 

It is hoped the rule limiting screen time at school will bring those rates down. 

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