House Deputy Speaker Evelina Escudero, a representative from the first district of Sorsogon, recently filed House Bill No. 3611 which will mandate the Department of Education to impose a "no-homework" policy for our Filipino students.
The lawmaker said that the proposed bill will help our young to have a full rest and relaxation after school hours. This would also give them quality time for their family.
It can be recalled that last September 2010, the Department of Education (DepEd) released a memorandum (DepEd Memorandum no. 392 series of 2010) prohibiting all schools throughout the country to give homework / assignment for all students for all levels.
4. Therefore, no homework/assignment shall be given during weekends for pupils to enjoy their childhood, and spend quality time with their parents without being burdened by the thought of doing lots of homework.The said 2010 memorandum was addressed to weekends only and was only directed to public schools nationwide.
Going back to the proposed law, the recent proposed House Bill No. 3611 will also save the students from bringing their heavy textbooks to their home that adds up fatigue to their young bodies, especially during rainy season.
"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," - the solon said in the explanatory note of her proposal.
"No textbooks shall be brought home to prevent the adverse effects of carrying bad to-and-from school," the bill further stated.
In order to do this, all basic education schools should ensure that each student will have a locker in which they will secure their textbooks.
The funding needed to implement the proposal will be included and incorporated in the annual budget of the Department of Education since this will need additional resources from all schools in the country.