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No more home work: Bill in Parliament soon

By Vikas

A bill in Parliament which will do away with home work will be introduced in Parliament soon. This was assured by Union Minister for Human Resources Development, Prakash Javadekar.

Prakash Javadekar

Once the bill is introduced, there will be no more home work for children studying in Class 1 and 2.

Madras High Court on Wednesday asked the Centre to instruct state governments to reduce weight of school children's bags and do away with homework for classes 1 and 2. In its interim order, the court said that use of National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) books be made mandatory.

The Court has also asked CBSE to set up flying squads to inspect schools violating the new directive.

Justice N Kirubakaran, on May 30, while referring to the government orders (GOs) issued by governments of Telangana and Maharashtra, also directed the Centre to direct the state governments and governments of Union Territories to formulate a "Children School Bag Policy" reducing the weight of the satchels in line with the guidelines issued by either state.

The Union minister said the Centre will bring a no homework bill in the Monsoon Session of Parliament in compliance with the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, and hoped it will be passed.

"I believe there has to be a 'learn with fun'. Children should not be put under any pressure. We will do whatever is required to lessen the pressure on children in compliance with the court order," Mr. Javadekar said.

Noting that children are neither weightlifters nor school bags loaded containers, the high court had asked the state government to ensure that the weight of the satchels should not be more than 10 per cent of the weight of the child.

The state governments were asked to ensure that weight of the satchels shall not be more than 10 per cent of the weight of the child. It observed that children are neither weightlifters nor school bags loaded containers.

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