Spain passes law limiting homework assigned to students

Spain passes law limiting homework assigned to students

Paulo Jorge Magalhães-Global Imagens

The Valencian government has passed a new law, which came into force on Christmas Day, to limit homework for students aged 6 to 16.

It is called 'The Rights and Guarantees Act for Children and Adolescents' and it stipulates that children aged 6 to 16 must carry out most of their learning activities during school hours. Approved by the autonomic government of Valencia, this is the first law in Spain limiting the amount of homework given to students.

The new law acknowledges that children and adolescents are "full citizens" and determines that play and games are an essential element in their development and socialization process. Children also have the right to participate in "educational leisure activities" away from regulated education contexts or their family environment.

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