Ortigas, Philippines — The head of the Department of Education backs the proposals from various groups pushing for bills that prohibit teachers from giving homework to their students.
The DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones will be celebrating her 79th birthday on October with a possible grand gift to thousands of students all over the Philippines; no more homework. According to her, students lose time for rest and bonding with their families as some teachers would by practice provide loads of work outside of the classroom thereby taking away the students’ privilege of spending time with their family.
“Ang gusto natin, lahat ng pormal na pag-aaral, assignment, project, whatever, gagawin sa loob ng eskuwelahan. Pag-uwi nila, libre na sila, free time nila to be with their parents, friends,” she told radio DZMM in an interview.
“Pagdating ko, ginawa na namin itong policy… Pero meron pa ring mga schools na nasanay talaga sa pagbibigay ng homework,” she remarked.
On one hand, a teachers’ coalition are opposed to the passing of these bills as they believe that teachers are specialists in educating their students. Homework are intended to complement their efforts to adequately nurture the independent learning capability of each child with their parents’ guidance at home.
The authors of these bills are Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas who filed a bill seeking to prohibit homework during weekends while House Deputy Speaker Evelina Escudero sought a no-homework policy for kinder to grade 12 students.