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Cape Town primary school flourishes... after getting rid of homework

Sun Valley Primary in Cape Town has done away with conventional and uniform classroom homework in the school across all grades and the learners are excelling academically.

Principal of Sun Valley Primary, Gavin Keller, had a chat with 702's John Robbie about how he has achieved this and why it works?

Listen to the conversation below:

We had to rethink the function of education. We asked ourselves, 'what is the purpose of homework when children are already spending 7 hours at school and how are these kids going to have a balanced life.'

Gavin Keller, Principal of Sun Valley Primary

We made sure that the 7 hours they spend at school are so focused, so on task, so full of fun that after school there's till time to play sport, have their friends around, and in the evening they can still go to bed and read.

Gavin Keller, Principal of Sun Valley Primary

We have been astounded [by the parents' response]. The 21st century family is so stressed that they don't need to deal with homework in the evening.

Gavin Keller, Principal of Sun Valley Primary

We've actually seen an increase in academic results, an increase in motivation levels and an increase in reading.

Gavin Keller, Principal of Sun Valley Primary
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