Lawmakers want ‘no-homework’ policy for kinder to Grade 12 students

Lawmakers want ‘no-homework’ policy for kinder to Grade 12 students

- Lawmakers want to ban homework for students

- They want to lighten the physical burden of students who carry too many books

- The bill also proposed that students should leave their textbooks in school

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Lawmakers want to ban homework among kinder to Grade 12 students, especially during weekends.

KAMI learned that the lawmakers are looking after the health and well-being of the students.

In a report by the ABS-CBN News (author RG Cruz), Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas has filed House Bill 388 or the “No Homework on Weekends Act of 2019.”

Under the proposed measure, elementary and high school students are not allowed to have assignments from their teachers during weekends.

“In addition, a few landmark studies have suggested that homework does impact upon family life, in some cases, in a negative way (Dudley Marling, 2003 Xu and Corno, 1998) yet in general it is positively associated with academic achievement (Carmichael and MacDonald, 2016; Cooper, Robinson and Patall, 2006),” Vargas argued.

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As reported by GMA News Online, Deputy Speaker and Sorsogon Representative Evelina Escudero has filed House Bill 3611 which seeks not to give take-home assignments from kinder to Grade 12 students to lighten their physical burden.

"Schoolchildren carry heavy bags as they feel compelled to bring home all their books and activity kits because of the daily homework given by their respective subject teachers. The giving of homework assignments to conclude a lesson is a hallmark of Philippine pedagogy which also needs to be seriously assessed," Escudero said.

"Moreover, homework assignments can deprive students and parents precious quality time for rest, relaxation and interaction after school hours and even on weekends," she added.

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The bill also proposes that all pre-elementary and elementary students should leave their textbooks in school

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