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Controversial Issues of ‘Happy 30 Minutes’ After-School Activities Policy in Shanghai

Yan Du
Department of Education in East China Normal University, Shanghai, China

Abstract—Most countries have after school programs for children. Such as America, Britain, France etc. Though Shanghai’s primary schools have good infrastructures, they don’t establish a system for after-school activities. In order to enrich pupils after school life and promote all-round development, Shanghai education committee issued the document of Notice on the trial implementation of ‘Happy 30 minutes’ after-school activities in Shanghai primary schools on June 20th, 2017. Not only can each school make full use of the school playground, dedicated classrooms, libraries and other places, but also integrate school resources or share resources with school districts and group member schools, to provide optional activities for pupils. After-school activities include letting students do their homework, calligraphy, art, reading, games, physical exercise, scientific experiments and other interesting activities. There are advantages and disadvantages for Shanghai primary schools to carry out the ‘Happy 30 minutes’ after-school activities. The core controversial issue is whether it is worth to have 30 minutes for after-school activities. Through interviews and literature analysis, the researcher analyzed the controversial issues from four aspects, and provided some suggestions for the ‘Happy 30 minutes’ after-school activities policy.
Index Terms—Happy 30 minutes, Shanghai, controversial issues, after-school education

Cite: Yan Du, "Controversial Issues of ‘Happy 30 Minutes’ After-School Activities Policy in Shanghai," International Journal of Learning and Teaching, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 107-111, June 2021. doi: 10.18178/ijlt.7.2.107-111

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