No More School Bags, Homework for Classes 1 and 2: CBSE

Meritnation|Sep 21st, 2016 04:01pm

schoolbags_cbseA new move by the CBSE is sure to bring a smile on the faces of tens of thousands of children across the nation. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has notified all its affiliated schools to enforce additional measures to lighten students’ burden. A circular has been sent out ordering schools to end the scourge of homework and school bags for students of Grade One and Two.


Following the footsteps of Maharashtra government, which recently enforced a new school bag policy last year limiting the weight of the bag to 10% of the weight of the child- the CBSE in April issued an advisory that affiliated schools, too must make bags lighter. The board has suggested ways in which schools, teachers and parents can achieve this, based on their feedback.


One of the major suggestions is that schools should ask students to stick to the timetable and make them aware about the effects of fatigue caused owing to heavy bags on their daily performance in class. “Young children whose spine is at a crucial stage of growth are most susceptible to back, muscle, shoulder pain and in extreme cases, the distortion of spinal cord… the impact may well be irreversible,” read the circular issued by KK Choudhary, director, academic, research and training.


Directives of the CBSE:

What schools can do

1. Exhort students to abide by the timetable and to repack their bags daily to avoid carrying unnecessary articles and books.

2. Check school bags randomly to ensure students aren’t carrying heavy bags

3. Relate the adverse effects of fatigue caused due to heavy bags through special assemblies.

4. Don’t assign homework to students of classes 1 and 2 and ask them not bring their school bag.

5. Keep a separate provision in the timetable for students to complete their homework or assignments during school hours.

6. On days having sports period, allow students to wear sports uniform for the entire day so they don’t carry it separately.

7. Prescribe light-weight textbooks and don’t assign too many additional books.


What teachers can do

1. Don’t penalize students for not carrying textbooks or workbooks. The fear may compel most of them to bring all the books adding to their burden.

2. Allow pairs of students to share textbooks so that one will bring half of the books required for the day and another student will bring remaining.

What parents can do

1. Buy lighter backpacks with two taut straps. Raise health concerns over heavy bags in the parent-teacher meetings.

2. Regularly clean their bags and supervise packing. Instruct students to avoid hanging the bag on their shoulders with only one strap.


Recommended Reads for Parents:


What Teens Need Most From Their Parents


Helping Your Child With Maths (For Parents of Primary Students)


Parents Guide to Decoding Adolescence


Helping Your Child In The Primary School



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  • 1. kalpana  |  September 23rd, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    good move!

  • 2. Varnika Dhiman  |  September 22nd, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    This blog is really very useful.. I completely agree.. ^_^
    I would like to tell that the second point in ‘what teachers can do’.. this idea is one of the most popular idea among students.. ;’D
    GOOD WORK !.. #ThanksCBSE#


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