MANILA (UPDATE) - Sen. Grace Poe has filed a bill that seeks to impose a “no homework on weekends" policy in all primary and secondary schools in the country.
Poe’s Senate Bill No. 966, filed on Aug. 27, states that all public and private schools in the country shall not allow teachers to give any homework to students from Kinder to Grade 12 on weekends.
“Assigning homework to students will only be allowed weekdays; provided, that such homework shall be minimal and will not require more than four hours to be completed,” the bill states.
In banning weekend homework, the bill aims to “safeguard and promote the welfare of teachers and school children, protect them from conditions that may adversely affect their health and their right to a balanced life.”
At the House of Representatives, Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas filed a similar bill.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones has expressed support for the bill.
In a statement issued Wednesday, the education department cited its memorandum order issued in 2010 which "aims to enable learners to have more quality time with their parents, family, and friends by limiting the homework/assignment to a reasonable quantity on school days and by eliminating the same during weekends."
"By ensuring that they complete all assignments and projects in school, the no-homework policy enables our learners to find balance between their academic development and personal growth by having ample time for enjoyable activities with family," the DepEd said.
Teacher's Dignity Coalition rejected the proposed ban on homework, 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," the group's chairperson Benjo Basas said in a statement.