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Parents elated over MHRD guidelines on homework, school bag weight and subject restriction

There have been many cases wherein students were found to be under immense pressure and stress due to excessive homework

Tuesday November 27, 2018 12:09 PM, ummid.com Staff Reporter

MHRD Order on Homework

Mumbai: A number of parents on Tuesday lauded the guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Humanr Resource Development (MHRD) regarding homework for the lower class students, number of subjects to be taught in these classes and weight of school bags.

"The MHRD guidelines are in line with the demands of parents and education experts who are of the view that lower class students should not be overburdoned with too many subjects", Hena Khan, a housewife, said while talking to ummid.com. Hina Khan is one of the thousands of caring parents who had signed an online petition seeking government guideline to reduce the weight of school bags.

"There have been many cases wherein students were found to be under immense pressure and stress due to excessive homework. The government's decision is indeed a right step in a right direction", Alfiya Sadaf, another parent, said.

Hina and Alfiya were responding to the guidelines issued to states and union territories by the Union Ministry of Humanr Resource Development's (MHRD) to restrict number of subjects that will be taught in classes 1-5, and above all its decision to ban homework for the students of class 1-2.

As per the MHRD order issued Monday, the schools cannot assign homework to students of classes I and II. The MHRD further said that schools should not prescribe any other subjects except language and mathematics for classes 1 and 2, and language, EVS and mathematics for classes 3 to 5 students as prescribed by the NCERT.

"Schools should also not prescribe any additional books, and extra materials to the students", the MHRD said.

The ministry has also fixed the allowed weight limit for students. "Weight of school bag of classes 1 and 2 students shall not exceed 1.5 Kg. The allowed weight of school bags for classes 3 to 5 students is 2-3 Kg, for classes 6 to 7 students is 4 Kg, for classes 8 to 9 students is 4.5 Kg, and for class 10 students is 5 Kg", the ministry said.

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