DepEd to issue guidelines regulating weekday homework of learners

DepEd to issue guidelines regulating weekday homework of learners

Deped Secretary Leoner Briones said that the Department of Education (DepEd) will issue a directive regulating the giving of homework to students during weekdays ahead of the passage of a law,

The secretary said the directive will contain guidelines including the number of homework that will be assigned, the subjects to be included and the students who will be covered by the policy.

Briones said the directive is being finalized for her signature.

“Right now, we are discouraging homework during weekends, but we need to issue a new directive, pending the approval of the bills, that will regulate or limit the homework given on weekdays,” she said.

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“In principle, I am supportive of the pending bills in Congress because the final test of the pudding is not really on the homework, we cannot prove the effectiveness of our educational system through homework,” the Education chief added.

There are no guarantees that the kids themselves do the homework, the secretary said. What should be encouraged within the classrooms is more time for discussions to hone the analytical thinking and assessment of students.

“We know that in a number of cases it is the mother or father, lolo or lola, the tutors or even the yayas who accomplish these homework, so yung output na sina-submit sa school ay hindi output ng bata,” Briones said.

“Data changes, so we can’t always ask them to memorize information and figures. What we should do is teach them discernment and analytical thinking,” she added.

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