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DepEd To Implement ‘No Homework’ Policy

You are at luck because the Department of Education (DepEd) is in the process of scrapping take-home assignments from the Philippine curriculum.

DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones expressed her support for bills that prohibit schools from giving homework to students. In an interview with DZMM, Briones shared that she is looking into making all forms of formal schooling, such as completing assignments and creating projects, classroom-based.

There is House Bill 388 or the No Homework on Weekends Act of 2019, which was filed by Quezon City Representative Alfred Vargas. There is also House Bill 3611, authored by Sorsogon Representative Evelina Escudero, which covers levels from kinder to Grade 12.

This is an attempt to reduce their stress and worries of students after retiring from school. These policies are also aimed to provide children with actual free time at their respective homes, which they can spend the way they want to.

The education secretary said that students should no longer carry out school duties when outside the gates. She said a student’s life should strike a balance between studying and family time, saying “Pag-uwi nila, libre na sila, free time nila to be with their parents, friends (When they get home, they should have free time to be with their parents, friends),” she explained.

Right after assuming the position in the department, Briones was already pushing forth this no-homework policy, but some institutions had difficulty complying with this order. She said: Pagdating ko, ginawa na namin itong policy. Pero meron pa ring mga schools na nasanay talaga sa pagbibigay ng homework (When I arrived, we made this policy. But there are schools that were accustomed to giving out homework).

Aside from this major ammendment in the local curriculum, Briones told ABS-CBN News that she is also working on changing to academic calendar. She wants the academic year to cover the months of summer to avoid holding classes during rainy season.

Aina Licodine

Aina is a writer by hobby and by profession. A graduate of Communication Arts, she creates mostly lifestyle, entertainment, opinion, and corporate pieces. She loves poetry, old music, and anything matcha. She takes a timeout from work by watching classic sitcoms and gangster movies, going to the beach, shopping, and just trying new things.

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