Prohibiting extra-curricular activities in school could cause burnout – Teachers’ group
The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) said implementing heavier formal academic work might lead to burnout among teachers and learners alike.
“Extra-curricular activities contribute to learners’ holistic development and provide them different forms of enjoyable activities that also serve as respite from intensive formal academic work,” ACT said.
“Allowing these (extra-curricular work) only on weekends when learners should be having a break and spending time with their families will only make extra-curricular activities burdensome, thereby defeating its very purpose.”
Earlier, Vice President Sara Duterte-Carpio said there is a need to focus on student’s academics to catch up on the learning loss caused by pandemic.
“It seems that DepEd’s prohibition of extracurricular activities on class days is borne out of the fixation with achieving the too cumbersome competency list of the K-12 curriculum, and the narrow framework that loss in learning can be recovered through more intensive and greater hours of academic study,” ACT said.
“The DepEd should think outside of the K-12 box to jumpstart education recovery,” ACT added. “It should outline the most basic and essential learning objectives that the coming school year can focus on and realistically achieve.”