Jammu schools flout CBSE norms, students burdened to carry ‘heavy’ bags

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Jasleen Kour
In an apparent violation of the CBSE guidelines, majority of schools operating in Jammu and Kashmir under central board are still assigning homework to students of class Ist and IInd, besides asking them to carry school bags.
According to recent orders from the CBSE, students of class Ist and IInd need not to bring bags to the schools. The Board has suggested that textbooks for classes I to VIII should be light weighted and schools should not prescribe too many additional and supplementary textbooks. All schools must provide safe drinking water facilities to students so that they need not to carry heavy water bottles to schools.
Talking to Newspoint parents of some students alleged that schools in Jammu are not following the guidelines, as their wards are being asked to bring school bags and a good amount of home work is also assigned to them.
“My ward still carries heavy bag to school and need to carry extra workbooks also” Manpreet Kaur said, one of the parent of the student.
Meanwhile, school administration says that they are following the guidelines.
“We are already working according to the guidelines made by CBSE, moreover our school is practicing smart classes from last few years and we keep the workbooks and other books in school itself” said one of senior teacher of KC Public School, wishing anonymity.
Moreover CBSE have launched collection of CBSE books in e-format in an initiative to bring books close to students, so that students can read them while traveling, now no need to carry books at home, just go to the site and start learning.
Few teachers told Newspoint, that it is very difficult to separate provision in timetable for students to complete the homework or assignments during the school hours but all we can do is to assign them homework twice in a week instead of daily.
In Jammu, students from private schools affiliated to JKBOSE or CBSE still carry heavy school bags. According to the sources, different schools like DPS, JK Public, Convent, KC Public, show no respect to CBSE guidelines.
Neelam Sabharwal, Principal of SNS Vidya Mandir Canal Road, Talab Tillo, said “These guidelines are only for CBSE Schools as our school is private and is affiliated to JKBOSE and we don’t have any such guidelines. If we get any such circular from state Board then we will definitely work on that.”
CBSE board has also suggested parents to keep a check on their kids bag and take out unnecessary articles from the bag and purchase lighter school backpack with two taut stripes. Be mindful of wards health concerns.

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