Students enrolled in Madhya Pradesh schools will have relief as the state government has issued a new policy that aims at lightening the weight of school bags. As per the new policy, the weight of school bags of students up to class 5 will not be more than 2.5 kgs. Further, schools will have to have a no-bag day once a week.
The policy is in line with the National Education Policy and will be implemented in both state-run and private schools. It has also mandated the weight of school bags for students till class 12.
The After it was observed that textbooks, notebooks, guides, water bottles, and lunch boxes contribute to the heavy weight of bags, the Centre, in 2018, issued guidelines that instructed schools to ensure students don’t get overburdened by the heavy weight of bags.
Recently, Maharashtra too has implemented a school bag policy. The Maharashtra education department is contemplating dividing textbooks into three parts and attaching blank pages for using them to take down notes as part of efforts to make schoolbags lighter, a state minister said on Monday. School Education Minister Deepak Kesarkar, talking to reporters here, said his department is working to reduce the weight of bags of schoolchildren.
As per the Madhya Pradesh School Education Department guidelines, the weight of the school bags for students of Classes 1 and 2 should be between 1.6 and 2.2 kg. Other than that, 1.7 to 2.5 kg for Classes 3 to 5, 2 to 3 kg for Classes 6 and 7, 2.5 to 4 kg for Class 8, and 2.5 to 4.5 kg for Classes 9 and 10.
प्रदेश के समस्त शासकीय, अशासकीय एवं अनुदान प्राप्त शालाओं में अध्ययनरत विद्यार्थियों के बस्ते का वजन कम करने के संबंध में दिशा-निर्देश जारी#SchoolEducationMP#JansamparkMP pic.twitter.com/bqKWGiOKGw— School Education Department, MP (@schooledump) September 2, 2022
The guidelines also state about homework for students of various classes. Starting with no homework for children up to Class 2, and a maximum of two hours of homework every day for children in Classes 9 to 12. For children in Classes 3, 4, and 5, a maximum of two hours of homework per week should be given and Class 6 to class 8 students should have a maximum of two hours of homework every day.