Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said that the HRD ministry is currently working on fresh norms to reduce the burden of bags on students studying in Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools.
At an event organised by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) which was attended by students from several schools, Javadekar said, “I am going to reduce the weight of school bags…carrying heavy bags is not necessary. It will definitely happen. We are preparing norms for CBSE schools that bundles of books and notebooks do not have to be needlessly carried.”
Meanwhile CBSE had directed its schools that students up to Class II are not required to bring school bags and also restricted the number of book to be carried to school till Class 8. Currently, the HRD ministry is trying to make these more effective, boards based as well as comprehensive, ministry officials said.
Javadekar also added that he was planning on making some changes regarding the project work assigned to school children. He pointed out that usually the parents of the ward end up doing the project works.
The Union Minister even cited an example from his family. He said he once saw his granddaughter working on project at home with the help of her mother. When he enquired about the same, he was told that without the assistance of an adult it is quite impossible to gain good remarks in the projects.