New Delhi, Nov 22: In a major relief to the children bearing a burden of heavy bags, the CBSE has directed schools affiliated to it to ensure that students do not carry school bags till class II and also to restrict the number of books to be prescribed in classes I-VIII.
The Minister of State for Human Resource Development Upendra Kushwaha announced in the Lok Sabha on Monday.
In a written reply to a question, he stated both the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have taken several steps to ensure less curriculum load and the weight of school bags.
“In its latest circular dated September 12, 2016, it has recommended schools to take all possible measures to keep the weight of school bag under control,” said the Minister.
He asserted that as the NCERT has not recommended any textbook for early childhood education, while only two books for classes I & II and three books for classes III to V have been recommended there is no need for kids to carry bags.
“The Government has also launched a platform for showcasing and dissemination of all digital and digitisable resources for its stakeholders in collaboration with the NCERT,” said the Minister, adding that the NCERT has made available all their textbooks and other teaching-learning material for free access on its website.