No-homework Policy Aims To Generate More Quality Time At Home For Schoolchildren

Schoolchildren will soon have more time to do non-school related activities and enjoy more quality time at home. This is due to the two bills filed at the House of Representatives proposing the “no-homework policy” from kindergarten to high school.


House Bill No. 3611

Sorsogon Representative Evelina Escudero aims to restrict school activities at the campus and abolish homework as a class requirement by proposing HB 3611.

“Homework assignments can deprive students and parents precious quality time for rest, relaxation and interaction after school hours and even on weekends,” she said in her explanatory note.

 She encouraged schools and teachers to initiate a “more holistic and effective pedagogy” by performing lessons and activities in school.

Section 5 of Escudero bill states that all basic education schools shall ensure that all Kinder to Grade 6 students shall deposit and leave their textbooks in school, and no textbooks shall be brought home to prevent the adverse effects of carrying heavy bags to and from school.


“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,” she added.

Aside from a no-homework policy, Section 6 of her proposed bill requires schools to have lockers for the storage of students’ books.


House Bill No. 3883

Quezon City Representative Alfred Vargas has a similar proposal, saying this will help in promoting children’s “physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual and social well-being.”

He cited a study in South Africa in 2018, indicating that homework entails a burden to schoolchildren and parents, resulting in a lot less interest to learn and lesser family time too.

“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 added.


Fine and imprisonment

Lawmakers’ overall proposal of HB 3611 and HB 3883 was to prohibit primary and secondary school teachers from giving take-home assignments to students from kindergarten to Grade 12, Friday through Sunday to lessen the students’ physical burden from carrying heavy bags.

 The Vargas bill also imposes a fine of P50,000 or imprisonment of one to two years on teachers who would violate the no-homework policy.

Source Link: CNN Philippines