The new rule has got passed by the government which implies a weight cap on the weight of school bags. The Department of School Education and Literacy under the HRD ministry has dispensed a circular tutoring all states and Union Territories to edge strategies for teaching and regulating the weight of school bags in accordance with the Government of India instructions.
"The Ministry has instructed all states and Union Territories to formulate guidelines to regulate the teaching of subjects and weight of school bags in accordance with Government of India regulations," read the circular sent out by the Education Secretary of Lakshadweep A. Hamza to school principals, on the basis of a directive by the Union HRD Ministry.
The guidelines said school bags for students in Class 1 and 2 should not be above 1.5 kg. The weight limits postulated for Classes 3 to 5 (two to three kg), Classes 4 and 5 (four kg), Classes 8 and 9 (4.5 kg), and Class 10 (five kg). It also rapt that Classes 1 and 2 students should be taught only one language and Maths and Classes 3 and 4 only Language, Environmental Studies, and Maths. The circular was issued just days back by the government.
The guidelines further indicated that homework shall not be assigned to the students of Classes 1 and 2. “Schools should not prescribe any other subjects except Language and Mathematics for class 1 and 2; Language, EVS, and Mathematics for class III to V as prescribed by the NCERT,” said the circular.
The interim order also delineated that use of NCERT books is made obligatory.