What is the No Assignment Policy?
The Department of Education recently issued no assignment policy n learning institutions. It means that the teachers will be prohibited from assigning academic work to be completed outside the school confines.
It elicits different reactions from educational stakeholders who have a share. However, it has enrolled in a heated debate between other groups of people. Most people argue on the fact that it reduces the workload of students. There is some truth to this, given the heavy load most students bear with while in school.
Others argue that it is a tool for making students lazy. Let’s face it; only assignments can keep a student locked up in their room all night. Without homework it breeds a place for students to become extra lazy while at home.
Basics of No Assignment Policy
The policy takes into account the welfare of the students and their immediate families. Adding homework to the already heavy burden is a tool of torture for students most say. The expectations for students are usually high, leading to depression among students. However, is it true?
Most of our parents have gone through the same system and look at where they are. Homework has been part of a long tradition we inherited from our parents. Even the early man tasked their young ones with tasks to sharpen their skills.
We do not ignore the heavy workload that students have to face, but it’s part of the learning process. Homework aims at keeping the students glued on their books around all the distractions at home. When was the last time you saw a student going through their books when their favorite show is on?
What ‘No Assignment’ Policy Means
Homework does more than keeping the student glued on their books. The student’s course is usually too long to be covered in the regular school calendar. Homework steps in to cover more ground before the final exams. Abolishing the no assignment policy bears severe repercussions on the part of the school.
It will force the schools to extend their calendars. What does this mean? It means long hours in class. Teachers are tasked with finished the course within the given timeframe. Therefore, the teachers have to add more hours to cover the course content handled with the homework assigned.
Students adopt many skills while performing their homework without the guidance of their instructor. In the process, the students picked up skills such as:
- Organization skills
- Research skills
- Writing skills
- Curiosity and imagination
Furthermore, the students become vested in the course while learning a step ahead of the instructor. This saves time during the actual classes as the students gain a deeper grasp of the course content.
How do you assess the progression of the student in class? End exams come at the end of the semester. It presents the only chance for teachers to evaluate the progression of the students. The homework provides an opportunity to understand the level of understanding before the end exams. The teacher can step in to help the students make more of the assignment.