DepEd earlier backed moves
to eliminate homework
According to the recently-released results of the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment, a study by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that evaluates education systems, out of 79 countries, the Philippines finished last place in reading comprehension.
The Philippines finished second-to-last place in both mathematics and science.
“It’s not the usual assessment,” Department of Education (DepEd) spokesperson Annalyn Sevilla said in an interview with GMA News.
China, Singapore, and Macau topped all three categories, respectively.
The assessment averaged 487 in reading comprehension, 489 in mathematics, and 489 in science; the Philippines tallied 340, 353, and 357, respectively.
Earlier this year, in response to Congress pushing bills to eliminate homework, DepEd announced their support for the move.
In a statement, the division noted: “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.”
According to the bill before the House, which was introduced by Sorsogon first district Rep. Evelina Escudero, “Homework assignments can deprive students and parents precious quality time for rest, relaxation, and interaction.”/WDJ