MANILA, Philippines (1st UPDATE) – Teachers are used to
giving their students lots of homework for the weekend.
But with the new Department of Education (DepEd) memorandum, students
will now have more free time to enjoy their weekends.
Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro ordered all public elementary
school teachers to refrain from giving their students weekend
“Hindi lang naman sa classroom dapat matuto ang mga bata,” explained
The education secretary believes that children should spend more
quality time with their families and play with their friends.
Jonah Granada, a mother of 2 elementary school students, welcomed the
She said she is happy because she will also have more time to rest.
“Lunes hanggang Huwebes tutok naman kami kaya dapat weekend,
pahinga,” she said.
Teachers however think otherwise.
“Kaming mga guro, trained kami, hindi namin sasadyaing pahirapan ang
mga estuyante. Kailangan yung homework para hindi malimutan ang lesson,”
said TDC spokesperson Emmalyn Policarpio. (We’re trained. It’s not our
task to make life difficult for students. They need the homework so they
won’t forget the lessons.)
According to the group, students should instead be taught discipline
and time management so they can balance school work and family time.
In a separate interview with ANC, Alliance of Concerned Teachers
secretary general France Castro understands the rationale behind the
“We understand the intention [of the DepEd] that the families need
more time for bonding. It’s more worthwhile if the parent gets to teach
the children,” she said.
Parents will be able to supervise more the studies of their children,
especially those in public schools, she said.
“With a bigger number of students in our classes, a teacher can’t
attend to all these students. We also need the help and support of
parents,” she added.
Source: ABS-CBN News, Apples Jalandoni, 09-19-2010