A proposal to ban homework for students is impossible under the K-12 basic education program, a group of teachers said Wednesday. K-12, which aims to produce high school graduates ready for either college or employment by expanding the 10-year basic education cycle to 12 years, attempts to "integrate a little bit of everything," said ACT National Chairperson Joselyn Martinez. "The range of topics and competencies set by the K to 12 curriculum are impossible to cover within formal class hours, resulting to added and beyond-school hour work for both teachers and students," she said in a statement. Under K-12, students' learning is measured by their output like skits, written materials, posters, which teachers are required to design and facilitate through their daily lesson logs (DLL), said Martinez. "So hear us when we say that we are not issuing homework to burden our students. It is demanded of us by the K12 program, so much that our performance evaluation system ensures its implementation," she said. Students and teachers, she added, are also required to research on lessons outside of class hours due to "still severely lacking learning materials" despite K-12's 7-year implementation. "No amount of ‘budgeting of work’ can force students and teachers alike to accomplish more than what is realistically doable in a set period of time, hence the need to take home their school work," she said.

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