By Tanishka Sodhi. Illustrationby Arun Mohite
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued circulars to schools that come under its board, advising that there should be no homework assigned to students of classes I and II. CBSE affiliated schools are required, as per the circular, to satisfy the Board's advisory regarding no school bag and no home work to the students up to class II.
The Madras High Court had passed an interim order on May 29th directing the Center to instruct State Governments to reduce the weighs of the bags carried by school children, and to do away with the concept of homework for students of class I and II, saying that 'Children are not weightlifters.' It had also directed the use of National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) books to be made compulsory in schools.
The court had last week pulled up CBSE for not issuing a circular that directs the same; stating that if the circular was not issued by August 17th, the CBSE secretary would be required to appear in court and that the School Education Secretaries of all states and Unions may also be summoned. The court order applies to CBSE schools nationwide and is a move designed to reduce the burden on young students.
President of India Wide Parents Association and advocate Anubha Sahai said, “This is a very good initiative. Parents have been complaining about how heavy the bags get. Kids are supposed to be carrying bags that weigh 1/10th of their weight, but the bags in reality are much heavier; they weigh 7-12kg. This circular is a good move and will help reduce the burden faced by the students.”
The said circular is addressed to all heads of institutions affiliated with CBSE. It also states that the board had earlier issued a circular in 2004 and 2016, advising that there should be no homework for students up to class II.