SHILLONG: The weight of a school bag in Meghalaya is officially fixed, states a government notification on Friday.
It says school bags, for students of Class I and II should not exceed 1.5 kgs.
The maximum weight of school bags for Classes III to V students shall be 2-3 kgs, for Classes VI to VII students it shall be 4 kgs, for classes VIII to IX students shall be 4.5 kgs and for Class X students shall be 5 kgs.
“Students should not be forced to bring additional books and other materials apart from the prescribed textbooks,” the government notification stated.
The government notification also states that schools shall not assign homework to students of Classes I and II.
Schools should make sure that students carry only such textbooks as indicated in the time-table.
The Meghalaya government has also urged the schools should make sure that students carry only such textbooks as indicated in the time-table.
The State Government also said that the head of schools and teachers should frame well-designed time table for each class so that children do not have to carry too many books or notebooks to the school each day.
“Reading library books and participation in games, sports, arts & culture and other creative and co-curricular activities for holistic development of students must be encouraged,” the government notification said.
The notification has instructed that all schools falling under the department of Education, of the Meghalaya government to comply with the guidelines with immediate effect.
It may be mentioned that last year, the Ministry of Human Resource Development, had issued directives to the state and union territories.
According to the official order, the HRD ministry has “instructed all the states and Union Territories to formulate guidelines to regulate the teaching of subjects and weight of school bags in accordance with the Government of India instructions”.
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