Education in schools should be of such quality that it would not be necessary to give children homework, Maharashtra Education Minister Deepak Kesarkar said Friday.
Kesarkar said the proposal is in its early stages and he will hold talks with teachers’ associations and all stakeholders to develop a final plan for the implementation of such an order as children should not be “overburdened”, he said, while speaking to reporters.
Kesarkar stressed the need to improve the quality of teaching to a level where it is not necessary to give up homework: “Homework should not be an escape for teachers. It is important that teachers teach effectively in less time with more knowledge so that there is no need to give homework to children to do at home,” he added.
He said that instead of giving homework and taxing students, teachers should take responsibility for teaching students. However, some teachers have expressed their disagreement with the minister, stating that a complete ban on homework is inadvisable and could be harmful to children.
Last month, Kesarkar said the education department was considering adding blank pages to textbooks to take notes, so kids wouldn’t have to carry separate notebooks that weigh down their schoolbags.