The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has advised all schools affiliated to it to take all possible measures to keep the weight of school bag under control. It has directed all its schools to ensure that students of class 1 and 2 do carry school bags, and also that students of classes 1 to 8 have limited number of books in their syllabi.
“These are some of the steps that the Central Government has taken to reduce curriculum load and the weight of school bag,” says Minister of State for Human Resource Development Upendra Kushwaha.
The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has not recommended any textbook for early childhood education. It has recommended only two books (Language and Mathematics) for classes I & II and three books for classes III to V (Language, Environmental Studies and Mathematics). The number and size of NCERT’s textbooks used by the primary and secondary school students are appropriate to their age.
The Government has also launched a platform for showcasing and dissemination of all digital and digitisable resources for its stakeholders in collaboration with the NCERT. Accordingly, the NCERT has made available all their textbooks and other teaching-learning material for free access through its website www.ncert.nic.in, e-pathshala.nic.in and mobile devices.