Instead it should be abolished. The school day should run from 9am to 5.30pm, the last 90 minutes being a quiet time when the children do their "homework", overseen by teachers who get on with their marking. Both would end up working a shorter day, copying homework between pupils would be reduced, and parents could work normal hours instead of having to leave to collect their children in mid-afternoon.
Above all, children with difficult circumstances at home would get a fair chance to produce their best work.
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