Provision On Penalties for Teachers In No-Homework Bill Is An Honest Mistake – Vargas

Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas that it was an honest mistake he made for proposing the P50,000 and one to two years of imprisonment for the teachers breaking the no-homework policy and that he takes accountability for it.

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An honest mistake

Rep. Vargas said on Thursday that he made an “honest mistake” when his proposal to prohibit homework during weekends unconsciously included a provision on penalties for teachers.

“It was a legislative mistake, an honest mistake that I take responsibility for. That is not a criminal law, so it shouldn’t have a penal aspect. It was for another bill that I was preparing. We were just confused,” Vargas told DZMM.

“I apologize to those who were concerned, to those who were hurt,” He added.

Vargas said he sought a homework ban during weekends to provide “development opportunities to students in aspects outside the classroom.”

He also expressed he was “flexible” on executing rules for the bill, which may allow homework to catch up for class suspensions due to weather disturbances.

“All we want here is to have a holistic approach,” he said in a statement. 

When asked to say something on criticism that students may instead spend more time on social media, Vargas said, “Parenting is another topic for another day, for another bill.” 

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Provision on penalties

A group of teachers denounced the proposed penalty of P50, 000 and one to two years of imprisonment to teachers who will require homework from students, saying educators are “as much a victim to the faults of K-12 as students.”

Teacher’s Dignity Coalition chairperson, Benjo Basas, rejected the proposed no-homework policy, saying it “is not intended to make life difficult for our students.”

“Our teachers are trained educators, we know the value of homework. It’s about discipline, responsibility, and continuity of learning,” he said in a statement.

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Poor study habit

Jhon Carandang of Masters Psychological Services says that abolishing homework from a student’s study practice is dangerous.

“It will be dangerous for the child to have no homework because it would lead to a poor study habit,” he explained. 

Magde-decline learning capability ng bata, hindi maho-hone ‘yung skills, hindi madedevelop ‘yung skills na natutunan sa classroom.”

Ensuring that children will have sufficient time to complete their homework would be a better alternative, Carandang said.

“I believe that there should only be some regulation of giving homework, like for instance, if you have six subjects, I believe that there should be some ample time to submit those tasks and even homework,” he added.

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