School Education Department Implements New Guidelines to Reduce School Bag Weight for Students
The School Education Department has announced new guidelines to reduce the weight of school bags for students in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to the Director of School Education Kashmir (DSEK), the weight of school bags for students of classes I and II should not exceed 1.5 kilograms, while the weight for students of classes III and IV should not exceed 3 kilograms.
The circular issued by DSEK also states that the weight of school bags for classes VI and VII should be limited to 4 kilograms, and 5 kilograms for classes VIII and IX, followed by 5.5 kilograms for class X. These guidelines have been implemented in compliance with a Public Interest Litigation and an amendment to the JK School Education Act 2002, which mandates school heads to regulate the weight of school bags and allows the government to cancel affiliation and recognition of schools that violate these regulations.
In addition to limiting the weight of school bags, the circular also includes other provisions to ease the burden on students. No homework is assigned to students of classes up to 2nd standard, and no formal books are prescribed at Nursery, LKG, and UKG levels. Students of these classes may be provided with a maximum of two notebooks or workbooks to be kept in the teacher’s custody in the school itself. Furthermore, students of pre-primary level are not asked to carry any bag except a light carrier for their lunch box.
The circular also prohibits schools from prescribing subjects other than Language and Arithmetic for class 1st and 2nd, Language, Environmental Science (EVS), and Arithmetic for class 3rd to 5th, and Language, Social Science, Mathematics, and Science for class 6th and 7th, or as prescribed by the affiliating authority.
DSEK has also emphasized that students should not be asked to bring additional books or extra material to school, and that the government may cancel affiliation and recognition of schools that violate the provisions of these guidelines.
The implementation of these new guidelines is expected to reduce the physical burden on students and promote a healthy and conducive learning environment in schools.
Parents and students have welcomed this move by the School Education Department, as it aims to prioritize the well-being of students and ensure that their education is not hampered by heavy school bags. Schools are now expected to comply with these guidelines and take necessary measures to reduce the weight of school bags for their students.Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe us on Telegram and never miss a update!
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