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A daring policy has been taken by the Purwakarta Regent, Dedy Mulyadi. Dedi has prohibited teachers to assign homework (PR) to students. This policy has received a positive response from the Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud). The Director General of Teachers and Education Personnel (GTK) of Kemendikbud, Sumarna Surapranata said that the Purwakarta regent’s policy should be appreciated.
Surapranata explained that in its development, homework assignments were no longer relevant. He pointed out that many teachers have hastily assigned homework to students. But apparently the homework was also not correctly checked after collected from the students. In addition, some of the homework was time consuming and so the lessons were not thoroughly discussed. Besides that the elimination of homework could make the teachers concentrate more on their teaching in class.
Nonetheless, the support of the Kemendikbud on the elimination of homework was not fully felt. Surapranata said that the Kemendikbud would not issue a national policy on homework elimination. He asked that the teachers could still freely apply their learning models.
Yogyakarta State University (UNY) Rector, Rochmat Wahab has objected to the homework elimination policy. Moreover after the Kemendikbud expressed its support for elimination of homeworks. He admitted that assigning homework by teachers still needed to be improved, but it did not necessarily mean that homework should be totally eliminated. Actually, according to Rochmat, the homework assignments do have positive purpose when they are conducted appropriately. For example, at a certain level homework could make the students better prepared to study the next day. Reading assignments at home are considered satisfactory and do not burden the students.