The education authority in Northeast China's Liaoning province has joined a handful of others in banning teachers from asking parents to grade students' homework after the practice sparked an outcry on social media platforms.
Teachers at primary and middle schools who do not grade students' homework themselves will not be eligible for promotion or awards, according to the guideline issued by the provincial education department on Tuesday.
Teachers will not be allowed to use the WeChat or QQ messaging apps to assign homework or assign punitive or repetitive homework, the guideline said.
In a video posted on Sina Weibo recently, a father in East China's Jiangsu province blasted teachers for asking parents to grade children's homework in a parent-teacher WeChat group before exiting the group.
The video quickly sparked an angry reaction toward the teacher and an outpouring of support from parents, with the hashtag "all it needs to break a grown-up is a parent-teacher WeChat group" being viewed more than 760 million times.