Stu­dents need a real class break

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

People born in the 1970s and 1980s have happy mem­o­ries of class breaks when they could in­dulge in the sports of their choice which ac­ti­vated their bod­ies and minds. But the cur­rent lot of stu­dents don’t have this op­por­tu­nity be­cause their break time has been re­duced from 10 to 5 min­utes or even can­celled, says an ar­ti­cle in People’s Daily. Ex­cerpts:

School au­thor­i­ties say they have re­duced the du­ra­tion of class break from 10 to 5 min­utes to en­sure stu­dents’ safety. But par­ents be­lieve the au­thor­i­ties have de­cided to do so ei­ther to save money or to avoid trou­ble.

Class breaks give stu­dents the nec­es­sary time to un­wind and pre­pare for the next class. Re­duc­tion in the du­ra­tion of class breaks will not help stu­dents in any way. Since phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion plays an im­por­tant role in help­ing stu­dents pre­pare for higher classes, they­have to find other means and time to get the nec­es­sary phys­i­cal ex­er­cise.

Pub­lic schools are ac­tu­ally pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties, which have to per­form all the manda­tory pub­lic ser­vices. The cur­rent daily sched­ule of schools is usu­ally be­tween 7 amand 3:30 pm, af­ter which no stu­dent is al­lowed to use the school premises which in a way is a waste of pub­lic re­sources.

The ex­ist­ing ar­range­ment should be changed in re­sponse to pub­lic de­mand. Plus, the school au­thor­i­ties have to lis­ten to the ad­vice of par­ents and stu­dents to cre­ate a closer bond be­tween home and school. For starters, they could re­vert to the “10-minute class break”.

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