Children in Norway are spending less time on their homework

HomeworkPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

Since 2015, the proportion of those who spend more than an hour on homework each day has decreased by almost 10%. Girls still clearly do most of the schoolwork at home.

But here too the proportion is clearly declining, a new report from the Norwegian Directorate of Education shows. 

In 2015, which was a peak year, 61% of girls in junior high school spent at least an hour on homework. In 2018, the figure fell to 48%.

“Reasonable use of homework can help students learn more, but the amount and content of homework must be manageable for students. It is important that the homework provides room for participation… for all students,” Minister of Education Guri Melby (V) noted.

The time spent on homework among Norwegian youth is at about the same level as in other countries.

Today, students in nine out of ten primary schools receive homework. The schools are not required to give homework, and it is, therefore, something that individual schools or municipalities decide on. Research shows that about half of the schools have regulations for the scope of homework.

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