MHRD Regulation on Weight of School Bags from Class 1 to 10
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) in its circular has asked all States and Union Territories to formulate guidelines to regulate the teaching of subjects and the weight of school bags in accordance with the Government of India instructions. This step comes to ensure the health and physical development of school students.
The initiative has been welcomed by many of the schools and is like music to the ears of students and parents, guardians who are concerned about the child health.
As per these instructions, which the schools have been asked to comply with, cannot assign homework to the students of classes I and II.
The order states that the “Schools should not prescribe any other subjects except language and mathematics for classes I and II and language, EVS and mathematics for classes III to V students as prescribed by the NCERT”.
Students should not be asked to bring additional books, extra materials and the weight of a school bag should not exceed the prescribed limit, the circular states.
The maximum weight of school bags for students of classes I and II should be 1.5 kg, while the weight of school bag of students of class III to V should be between 2 kg to 3 kg only.
The school bag of students of classes VI and VII should not be more than 4 kg, while the weight of school bags of classes VIII and IX students should not be maximum 4.5 kg. The school bag of a class X student should not be above 5 kg, the order said.