Lawmakers Files No Homework Bill
Two new bills from the House of Representative proposes a no-homework policy from Kindergarten to High School.
Deputy Evelina Escudero, one of the proponents of House Bill No. 3611 seeks to eliminate homework as a class requirement to limit school activities to the campus. In her explanatory note, she said:
“Homework assignments can deprive students and parents precious quality time for rest, relaxation and interaction after school hours and even on weekends.”
In addition, the bill would also require students to deposit textbooks in school after school hours to save them from carrying heavy learning materials on and off-campus. According to lawmakers who sponsored a separate but similar measure said that no more homework means more quality time at home.
Meanwhile, a similar proposal, the House Bill 3883, by Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas would only stop teachers from assigning homework for the weekend. He cited a study in South Africa in 2018 suggesting that homework imposes a burden on both children and parents, leading to declining family time and less interest to learn.
“In addition, a few landmark studies have suggested that homework does impact upon family life, in some cases in a negative way… yet in general, it is positively associated with academic achievement,” Vargas said.
He further explained that his bill would promote school children’s physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual and social well-being. His bill also imposed a ₱50,000 fine or imprisonment for teachers who would violate the no-homework condition.