Minister Deepak Kesarkar says Maharashtra government plans to do away with homework in schools

School Education Minister Deepak Kesarkar on Friday said the state government is mulling a proposal to do away with homework for all school-going children in the state.

“We don’t overload the children. It is important to ensure the development of your brain. Moreover, the government also feels that homework should not be an easy escape for teachers. Instead, a teacher should teach his class with such an approach that students should not do homework,” said Deepak Kesarkar in Pune.

Kesarkar said the proposal was in its initial stages and he would hold discussions with teachers’ associations to draw up a final plan on the implementation of this order.

The move, however, has been questioned by teachers’ organisations. “It is one thing to hope that homework is interesting and engaging for students and without any burden on parents. But a general rule of having no homework at all is detrimental to students’ academic future,” said Vijay Kombe, secretary of ‘state of Maharashtra Rajya Prathamik Shikshak Samiti (primary teachers’ association).

Mahendra Ganpule, spokesperson of the Maharashtra State Headmasters’ Association said, “Practice is very important in any education system. Homework is a form of periodic assessment of a student, otherwise teachers they will have to wait until the unit tests to know a student’s academic growth. The teaching-learning that takes place in class is not enough, it is important that students review it at home.”

Teachers also fear that such a government rule, which will be mandatory for public schools, will cause their students to fall behind, while private schools will continue to do their homework.

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