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School bags – MHRD instructs States and UT to make guideline for school bag weight and homework

 

MHRD instruction to States and UT to make guideline for Schools

In a circular released by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) Monday has instructed all states and Union Territories to make guidelines to regulate the teaching system and the weight of school bags according to Indian Govt instructions with immediate effect
 
The MHRD circular has laid out specific instructions which should be implemented with immediate effect by all schools under the Department of Education.

  • Schools cannot prescribe any other subject except language and mathematics for Classes I and II students and language, mathematics, and EVS for Classes III to V students.
  • No homework should be assign to students of Classes I and II.
  • The weight of school bags for students of Class I and II shouldn’t exceed 1.5 kg. The maximum weight of school bags for Classes III to V students is 2-3 kg, for classes VI to VII students is 4 kg, for classes VIII to IX students is 4.5 kg, and for class X students is 5 kg.
  • Students should not be asked to bring additional books and other materials apart from the prescribed textbooks. Schools should make sure that students carry only such textbooks as necessary as per the time-table.

 
MHRD this move comes as a bid to guard the health and physical development of children.
 
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has also been regularly issuing circulars to School asking them to ensure that the weights of the bags are in check. In a circular issued by CBSE in the month of August, it has provided a list of NCERT textbooks for each class and had said that schools could use the list to ensure that they don’t prescribe additional books.
 

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