Lawmakers want to ban homework for students

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 26 2019 09:46 PM

MANILA - If Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas and House Deputy Speaker Evelina Escudero will have their way, homework for students could be a thing of the past.

Vargas has filed House Bill 388, which he wants to be passed as the “No Homework on Weekends Act of 2019". 

The proposed law seeks to ban all elementary and high schools from allowing teachers to give homework or assignments over the weekend. Violators will face a fine of P50,000 and jail time of up to 2 years.

In his explanatory note, Vargas cited a 2018 study in Western Cape Province, South Africa that states that national discussions on homework reflects on how homework is perceived,with scholars arguing that homework is a burden for children and parents, that family time has declined and that it undermines learning interest. 

“In addition, a few landmark studies have suggested that homework does impact upon family life, in some cases, in a negative way (Dudley Marling, 2003 Xu and Corno, 1998) yet in general it is positively associated with academic achievement (Carmichael and MacDonald, 2016; Cooper, Robinson and Patall, 2006)”

Escudero, meanwhile, filed House Bill 3611 which promotes a no-homework policy for kinder to grade 12 and barring the taking of textbooks out of the school for kinder to grade 6 students in all public and private schools.

Section 4 of Escudero’s bill says that all basic education schools shall make sure that their respective teachers will not give homework assignments to Kinder to Grade 12 students by conducting all lessons and activities in school. 

Section 5 says 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. 

Section 6 will require schools to have lockers for the storage of students’ books.

Unlike Vargas, Escudero’s bill has no provisions for penalties.