A sigh of relief to the students of class 1 and 2 who are studying CBSE curriculum. On Monday, Madras High Court instructed the Central Board of Secondary Education to publicise in media and in other newspaper that CBSE affiliated schools will have to follow “No Homework Rule for Class 1 and 2” strictly. If any school would not follow this rule then the government will take harsh steps against that school.
Moved by Advocate Purushothaman, Justice N Kirubakaran passed the order that the schools will have to follow the curriculum of the National Council Of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). So, the regional officers of CBSE and the Association of Management of Private Schools are instructed to prescribe the NCERT syllabus to the students.
The judge also directed the state government not to prescribe any other subjects except Mathematics and the Language for class 1 and class 2 students and for class 3 and class 4, it offered the subjects as the Language, EVS and Mathematics as prescribed by NCERT. It also mentioned that the weight of the bags of the students must not be more than 10% of the weight of the student.
In the hearing, CBSE justified itself by producing a copy of the circular. The circular stated that some similar circulars were issued by CBSE on September 12, 2016, and on September 15, 2004, in which the board had advised the schools that no homework should be given to the students of class 1 and class 2. Further, it added that as we all know that bylaws clause 3.3(C)–c, all the affiliated schools must follow the rules set by CBSE. So, it is mandatory for the schools to obey the no homework rule.
In addition, CBSE also clarified that on May 29, after Madras HC order, it reminded the schools to follow the rule of no homework. On the very same day, the High Court also directed CBSE to set up the flying squad to inspect the various schools regarding this concern.
At last, the court also added that there are more than 18,000 schools affiliated with CBSE and the staff members of the board hardly reaches the number 1200. So, how will the board manage to make the schools follow this rule?
In the answer, CBSE has ensured the court that it will resolve this issue and will try to make the schools follow the advisory.
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