By Graeme Paton, Education Editor
4:14PM GMT 03 Jan 2014
Schools should adopt Chinese-style tactics such as evening classes and a purge on time-wasting between lessons to raise standards in key subjects, according to the Education Minister.
Teachers need to “learn from the Asian tigers” to ensure pupils catch up with their peers in top-performing countries, said Elizabeth Truss.
In a speech, she said schools needed to be “much more ambitious” to stop children slipping behind in disciplines such as maths and science.
This includes staging hour-long after-school classes in place of homework tasks and cutting out time-wasting during the day to squeeze in an additional half-hour “enrichment” lesson.
The comments follow the publication of international league tables
showing that children in the UK are up to three years behind those in the Far East.