/ 6 February 2023

SENATOR Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. filed a bill that will institutionalize the no-homework policy in elementary and secondary schools.

He said that Senate Bill 1792 or the proposed No Homework Act of 2023 seeks to provide students a balanced life and protect their welfare.

Under the bill, students in elementary and junior high school will not be given any homework on weekends.

Assigning mandatory homework to students will only be allowed on weekdays provided that such homework shall be minimal and will not require more than two hours to finish.

Revilla cited in his measure a study conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Program for International Student Association which found out that the additional time invested in homework has a negligible impact on students’ performance.

The study showed that there is a correlation to assigning more homework to students and increased level of anxiety that leads to low motivation in school work.

“Relatedly, less homework creates more parent-child time that allows the child to engage in more curricular activities. The additional time allows the children to relax their mind, and increases their ability to better grasp concepts,” Revilla said in his explanatory note.