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A Call To Ban No-Homework Policy

In response to the bills filed at the House of Representatives, seeking to restrict educators in giving assignments to the primary and secondary students during weekends, a group of teachers called out to ban the no-homework policy bills, denouncing the P50,000 penalty and one to two years of imprisonment for the violators.

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No to no-homework for K-12 students

A group of teachers and the Alliance of Concerned Teachers Chairperson, Joselyn Martinez expressed disapproval to the proposed bill and call to ban the no-homework policy for students under the K-12 basic education program.

K-12, which aims to produce high school graduates ready for either college or employment by expanding the 10-year basic education cycle to 12 years, attempts to “integrate a little bit of everything,” Martinez said. This makes implementation of such policy for K-12 students out of the question.

Class hours aren’t enough

Martinez explained that class hours aren’t enough to cover the topic and competencies of the curriculum resulting in added school-hour work for both teachers and students.

“The range of topics and competencies set by the K to 12 curricula are impossible to cover within formal class hours, resulting in added and beyond-school hours work for both teachers and students,” she said.

“Under K-12, students’ learning is measured by their output like skits, written materials, posters, which teachers are required to design and facilitate through their daily lesson logs,” Martinez added.

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Hear us

ACT’s Martinez asserted that it is unfair for DepEd to regard assignments as unfavorable because the department’s main curriculum is the one responsible for this added work.

“So hear us when we say that we are not issuing homework to burden our students. It is demanded of us by the K12 program, so much that our performance evaluation system ensures its implementation,” she said.

“Students and teachers are also required to research on lessons outside of class hours due to “still severely lacking learning materials” despite K-12’s 7-year implementation,” she added.

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“No amount of ‘budgeting of work’ can force students and teachers alike to accomplish more than what is realistically doable in a set period of time, hence the need to take home their school work,” she concluded.

Source Link: ABS CBN NEWS

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