The Maharashtra government plans to do away with the practice of giving homework to school students. The decision is meant for students studying in classes I to IV whose aim is to make their early years in school learning sans any pressure. As of now, the proposal is in its initial phases and the government would initiate talks with teachers’ associations of the state for drafting a final plan to implement the order.
However, academicians feel that completely doing away with homework would be detrimental to the academic interest of students. There has already been a learning loss due to COVID which would be accentuated if the proposal of giving no homework is implemented.
Speaking to Education Times, Maithili Tambe, CEO, The Academy School, Pune, says, “The proposal of Maharashtra school education ministry to do away with the system of giving homework to students of classes I to IV will be counter-productive. As the school timings in Maharashtra are less, no homework can hurt the academic performance of students. They must be habituated to doing homework between classes I and IV as these are the formative years of learning that foster discipline amongst students and encourage them to learn independently.”
“The Indian education system stressed on giving homework as it helps in retaining information and reliving the concepts learnt throughout the day. “It is essential as it bridges the dots and builds a connection between the teachers, parents, school and students. The hours that students need to put in doing the homework should be well-defined according to the level of classes so that it does not drain them mentally, physically and emotionally,” adds Tambe.
Shamal Chandrama Kalgutkar, supervisor, IES VN Sule Guruji English Medium School, Mumbai, says, “If students are given no homework, below average students will lose interest in their studies which will have an adverse impact on their academic performance. This will have a negative effect on their learning process. If students get habituated to the practice of doing no homework, they will not be able to correlate the topics taught in class with their own thought process as doing homework develops an independent thought process of what is taught in the classroom. Due to getting no homework students will adopt a casual attitude towards their studies. However, too much of homework is also not good for the students”
N Aruna Rao, principal, Orchids- The International School, Hyderabad, says, “Giving homework to students is essential as it is a regular follow up of what is being taught in the school. By doing homework, students will get in a habit of revising the topics that have been taught in school which will surely be in their academic interest. In Telangana, there is a homework policy in place for classes I to V, which sets the maximum time limit for the students who need to be involved in doing homework in different classes. For instance, a class I student need not spend more than 5-10 minutes doing homework. Also, due to COVID, the students are struggling to follow the timetable structure due to which their routine schooling has been affected. No homework policy will result in students losing crucial learning parts.”
Source: Times of India