The CBSE has directed schools affiliated to it to ensure that students do not carry school bags till class II and also to restrict the number of books to be prescribed in classes I-VIII, Minister of State for Human Resource Development Upendra Kushwaha told the Lok Sabha on Monday.
In a written reply to a question, he said both the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have taken several measures to reduce curriculum load and the weight of school bags.
“In its latest circular dated September 12, 2016, it has advised schools to take all possible measures to keep the weight of school bag under control,” said the Minister.
He said that the NCERT has not recommended any textbook for early childhood education, while only two books for classes I and II and three books for classes III to V have been recommended.
“The Government has also launched a platform for showcasing and dissemination of all digital and digitisable resources for its stakeholders in collaboration with the NCERT,” said the Minister, adding that the NCERT has made available all their textbooks and other teaching-learning material for free access on its website.
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In a written reply, Upendra Kushwaha said the CBSE has also developed an online mechanism for submission and scrutiny of affiliation applications. “710 Affiliation applications are pending with Central Board of Secondary Education for more than six months,” he said.