After HC ruling, CBSE directs affiliated schools to ensure no homework for students of Class I, II

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Port Blair
18 Aug 2018

In a major relief for students, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has directed all schools affiliated to the Board to ensure strict adherence to the provisions of National Curriculum Framework (NCF), 2005 relating to curriculum load. In a circular issued on the 13th of this month, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) referring to earlier advisories issued in the year 2004 and 2016 asked schools to ensure that no homework is assigned to students of Classes I-II. As per CBSE Affiliation Bye laws clause 3.3(C)–c, CBSE affiliated schools must satisfy the Board’s advisories regarding no school bag and no home work to the students up to class II, the circular stated.
In compliance of the directions of the High Court of Madras passed in May this year, the Board once again reiterated that the schools may ensure that no homework is given in classes I – II. It also reiterated that since NCERT is academic authority for classes I-VIII, all schools may ensure that CBSE circular No. 21/2007 dated April 17, 2007 on reducing the bag load and homework on children is scrupulously followed. The Madras High Court in a ruling on May 30 this year asked the CBSE to instruct state governments to reduce weight of school children's bags and do away with homework for classes 1 and 2. The Court has also asked CBSE to set up flying squads to inspect schools violating the new directive. The Court also directed the Centre to instruct the state governments not to prescribe any other subjects except language and mathematics for classes 1 and 2 students and language, EVS and mathematics for classes 3 to 5 students as prescribed by NCERT as also prohibit CBSE schools from prescribing any homework for classes 1 and 2 students.