New Delhi: To lighten the burden of students, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked all the affiliated schools not to give homework to students of class I and II. Also, they need not to bring bags to schools, the board said.

The circular issued by the CBSE said that all the affiliated schools should take measures to reduce the weight of school bags, which can have an adverse effect on the health of children.

The circular also said schools should not prescribe too many additional and supplementary textbooks that are at times voluminous, costly and designed in a pedagogically unsound manner.

“Young children whose spine is at a crucial stage of growth are the most susceptible ones to hazards such as back pain, muscle pain, shoulder pain, fatigue and in extreme cases the distortion of spinal cord or shoulders that may most plausibly be attributed to heavy school bags. Schools should not prescribe too many additional and supplementary textbooks that are at times voluminous, costly and designed in a pedagogically unsound manner,” the circular said.

The board also suggested that the books for classes I to VIII should be light weighted.

Principal of Kendriya Vidyalaya-1, A T Mishra told Times of India, “In many schools it is already in practice that younger children keep their books in schools and need not carry back home every day. But it is also the duty of parents to repack schoolbags of their wards every day and take out unnecessary items.”

The move comes after the Maharashtra govt issued a new school bag policy last year limiting the weight of the bag to 10% the weight of the child.