Busted: Duterte signed ‘no homework policy’ after cursing assignments? It’s SATIRE!

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Did President Rodrigo Duterte sign an executive order for a “no homework policy” for all educational institutions?

This is what an article titled “’P—ang Inang Assignments Na Yan’ Duterte Signs Executive Order on ‘No Homework Policy’ for All Students” is claiming and it is being shared on Facebook.

Duterte Signed No Homework Policy

According to the article, the draft was finalized by the presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo on Thursday night, although there was no specific date provided.

It even attributed this quote to Duterte: “The students wake up every morning, to spend the rest of the day studying. They only have a few hours to live their life as a kid, teen, and pre-adults. We should not take these hours of freedom away from them in the form of giving take-home assignments everyday. These kids don’t even have time to process the information given them.”

With the new EO, teachers will be penalized with P50,000 and may face one to two years of jail time.

Those who shared the article rejoiced over the fact that the students and the parents will now get to have more time to spend on other things instead of homework.

However, it doesn’t take much to say that this article from NEWSPH is satire.

The header on the website itself revealed that NEWSPH posts “satire news for your entertainment.”

Duterte Signed No Homework Policy

The article is meant to be for laughs, so it shouldn’t be taken seriously. However, this is not exactly the case as some people still took the article as real news.

You can Google the quote that was supposedly uttered by Duterte and you won’t find anything.

Moreover, the “no homework policy” during the weekends was implemented in 2010 by the Department of Education (DepEd). This was released through a memorandum issued by Education Secretary Armin Luistro on September 16, 2010. This came after Luistro said that parents have complained about assignments to taking over most of their children’s time.

The memo read: “It is advised that the teachers limit the giving of homework/assignments to a reasonable quantity to give their pupils ample time to rest and relax at home for the rest of the day.”

The memo was later clarified to be merely a “reminder” to educators about the importance of breaks and play from school work for the students. It was not for “strict compliance.”

To be clear, Duterte did not sign an EO for a ‘no homework policy.’ This is completely satirical!

Sources: (philstar.com, tucp.org.ph)

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