Max school bag weight: 5 kgs; Dist, block level committees to keep check on rule
The state elementary education department has constituted district as well as block level committees to check the implementation of new rules regarding the school bag weight of students.
The state government has directed all the government and private schools to reduce the bag weight of students.
“We have formed a district level committee which will conduct surprise checks in schools to check bag weight.
It’s a six-member committee of which the DC is the chairman; inspector of schools has been appointed as the member secretary and it comprises six other members,” Buli Gogoi Bhuyan, district elementary education officer of Kamrup (Metro) told G Plus.
She added that apart from the district level committee, a team at the block level will check the implementation of the new rules in educational institutions at their level and will send regular reports to the district level committee.
The education department has set a deadline of May 30 for schools to reduce the weight of school bags.
As per the official order, the HRD ministry has “instructed all the states union territories to formulate guidelines to regulate the teaching of subjects and weight of school bags in accordance with the government of India instructions.”
Additionally, the order states that students should not be asked to bring any additional books in order to ensure that the weight of the bag does not exceed the prescribed limit.
The weight of the school bags for classes I and II should be 1.5 kgs, while for classes III to V the weight should not exceed 2-3 kgs, for classes VI to VIII the weight should be 4 kgs and for classes VIII to IX, 4.5 kgs. For class X the weight should not exceed 5 kgs.
In order to ensure compliance, the notification states that the school authorities must inform the students in advance about the books and notebooks to be brought to school on a particular day.
Further, in order to reduce the academic burden on students, the HRD ministry’s guidelines mentioned that no homework should be assigned to students of classes I and II. Further, it stated that schools prescribing homework and non-prescribed subject for classes I and II and classes III to V students, will be disaffiliated.