The UAE’s Ministry of Education has released a decision banning schools from issuing ‘costly’ homework to students, and the Sharjah Education Zone is implementing the decision immediately.
According to Khaleej Times, the decision is aimed at relieving parents from extra costs in addition to the school fees that they pay to provide their children with the best education.
The newspaper reported that a single project can cost parents more than $60, which many cannot afford.
The ministry warned schools of calculating the students’ marks based on these homework projects as many parents have complained about being burdened with them due to the materials they need to buy including cardboard, batteries, stickers and so on.
A solution that has been discussed is for these projects to be done inside the classroom.
The newspaper reported that some parents even buy readymade projects for their children from bookstores to avoid the hassle.
The decision was sparked by a parent’s complaint on a Sharjah TV and Radio live show. She said that she had to leave her national ID for several days with them in order to do her daughter’s project as she could not afford all the materials.