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DepEd Backs No-Homework Bill: Lahat ng Lessons Dapat During School Hours

Ahead of the passing of House Bill No. 3611 into law, the DepEd is already setting guidelines on homework for elementary students
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The Department of Education (DepEd) supports the no-homework bills already filed at the House of Representatives, and will soon issue guidelines aligned to it, even if these are yet to become law. 

House Bill No. 3611, which gives directive to the Department of Education to impose a no-homework policy for grade-school students, was filed recently by House Deputy Speaker Evelina Escudero.

“Homework assignments can deprive students and parents precious quality time for rest, relaxation and interaction after school hours and even on weekends,” Deputy Speaker Escudero said in a statement.

The House Bill also proposes that children not be required to bring home textbooks “to prevent the adverse effects of carrying heavy bags to-and-from school.” Instead, lockers or a dedicated space in school where students could deposit their textbooks should be provided. 

In an interview with GMA’s 24 Oras, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said she agrees with the Bill and sees it merits. 

“Lahat ng mga lessons dapat during school hours. After that si parents na... Para ‘yung mga bata naman ay may time mag-bond sa parents o maglaro o just to relax by themselves,” she said.

In addition, Secretary Briones said there really is no guarantee that it is the child himself who accomplishes the homework. “Kung minsan si lola, si mommy, si yaya ang nagtutulong o gumagawa mismo, [o] si tutor, ng homework.

“In principle, I am supportive of the pending bills in Congress because the final test of the pudding is not really on the homework, we cannot prove the effectiveness of our educational system through homework,” she told GMA News Online.

As a show of support, the Department of Education will issue guidelines to regulate the giving of homework to elementary students, including the amount of homework allowed, and who will be covered by such policy.

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A statement issued by the DepEd yesterday, August 28, reads:

“With its issuance of the ‘Guidelines on Giving Homework or Assignment to All Public Elementary School Pupils,’ otherwise known as DepEd Memorandum No. 392, series 2010, the Department of Education (DepEd) reiterates its commitment to the holistic development of learners inside and outside the classroom.

“The said issuance aims to enable learners to have more quality time with their parents, family, and friends by limiting the homework/assignment to a reasonable quantity on school days and by eliminating the same during weekends.

“It is in this regard that the Department supports the no-homework policy proposed by legislators from the House of Representatives. By ensuring that they complete all assignments and projects in school, the no-homework policy enables our learners to find balance between their academic development and personal growth by having ample time for enjoyable activities with family.

“The Department will further study the other provisions of the bills to determine the repercussions on the current teaching and learning process.”

An existing directive, DepEd Memorandum 392, which orders teachers not to give homework to students on weekends, is already being implemented in public schools. 

Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas has also filed a similar proposal, House Bill 3833, which prohibits teachers from giving students homework for weekends. HB 3833 carries a Php50,000 fine or imprisonment of one to two years for violators. 

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