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China passes law to reduce homework pressure on students



China has passed a new law that requires parents and guardians to reduce the “twin pressures” of homework and private tutoring on children. The new law “…stipulates that parents or other guardians of minors shall be responsible for family education, while the state, schools and society provide guidance, support and services for family education”, the Xinhua news agency reported. “In response to the country’s drive to ease the academic workload of young students, the law requires local governments at or above the county level to take steps to reduce the burden of excessive homework and off-campus tutoring in compulsory education,” the Xinhua report said.