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Singapore's flexible school timetable welcomed by students.

More and more schools in Singapore are breaking with tradition and arranging more flexible timetables to allow students four days of core-course studies and one day of extracurricular activities, the Straits Times reported, according to a United Daily News report on Monday.

Take Christ Church Secondary School as an example: The school broke with tradition in 2010 by arranging core curriculum for Monday through Thursday, and extracurricular activities for Friday, when students are allowed to wear a T-shirt, attend school club activities, and receive personality and civics education, the Straits Times reported.

The school was originally concerned that the school timetable might lower students' willingness to attend school on Friday, but over the years it was found that the attendance rate for curricular activities on Friday is close to 100%, according to the reports.

An English teacher of the school said that many students prefer the timetable, which separates academic study from extracurricular activities, because they can concentrate better, the reports said. The teacher added that some students expressed that Thursday feels like a mini break during the week, the reports said.

Some other schools have interjected playing times between classes, so students can enjoy board games, including Scrabble and other educational ones, the reports said.

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Publication:Taiwan News (Taipei, Taiwan)
Date:Mar 4, 2019
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