After Chhattisgarh, now neighbor MP also introduces ‘bag-free day’ concept in all his schools – The New Indian Express

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By Express press service

BHOPAL: Two and a half months after Congress ruled Chhattisgarh, neighboring BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh has also decided to introduce the concept of “one day without bags every week” strictly in all its public and private schools.

A detailed order from the MP’s School Education Department issued recently contains a set of guidelines in line with the November 2020 Central Government School Bag Policy for effective implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP ) 2020.

The set of guidelines issued by the Deputy’s School Education Department’s Aug. 30 order read: “One day a week will be bag-free day.” Work experience activities would be conducted at each school on Bagless Day.

Earlier, in June this year, the Chhattisgarh government had also decided to introduce the “school bag free day concept in all schools”, with the broader aim of ensuring better school attendance.

The August 30 guidelines issued by the MP School’s Education Department further contained a detailed table of maximum school bag weights (as well as books) for Class I through Class XII. While the maximum weight of schoolbags (including the school diary) has been fixed between 1.6 kg and 2.2 kg for class I and class II, the weight for class III to class V has been fixed to 1.7 kg to 2.5 kg, weight from 2 kg to 3 kg for classes VI to VII, 2.5 kg to 4 kg for class VIII and 2.5 kg to 4 kg for classes IX and X The weight of the school bag for students in classes XI and XII will be determined by the school management according to the sector chosen by the students.

The order also directed schools to ensure that books not exceeding those prescribed by the government or NCERT are kept in the bags.

“Schools should post bag weight charts on the bulletin board and in classrooms and the school newspaper should also be included in the bag weight. The school management committee should prepare students’ schedules so that they are not required to bring all the books every day, and the weight of their school bag does not exceed the stated limit,” the notification read.

Schools have also been told to keep exercise books, workbooks and other items important for pupils up to class VIII in classrooms only.

The order containing the 11-point guidelines directed all District Education Officers (DEOs) in the state to implement it in all schools in their respective districts with immediate effect. Each DEO will be responsible for randomly selecting schools for spot checks on implementing school bag weight guidelines once every three months.

The ordinance also provides for limiting the homework burden for students. Pupils up to class II will have no homework, homework will not exceed two hours per week for pupils from class III to class V, no more than one hour of homework per day for pupils from class VI to class VIII, while the maximum daily homework for students in class IX to class XII should not exceed a duration of two hours.

The two-page order further mentioned that subjects such as computer science, moral education, general sciences, health, physical education, sports and the arts were to be taught without books and that schoolbags were to be be light and fit on the students’ shoulders.

BHOPAL: Two and a half months after Congress ruled Chhattisgarh, neighboring BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh has also decided to introduce the concept of “one day without bags every week” strictly in all its public and private schools. A detailed order from the MP’s School Education Department issued recently contains a set of guidelines in line with the Central Government’s School Bag Policy of November 2020 for effective implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP ) 2020. The set of guidelines issued by the MP’s school The Department of Education’s August 30 order reads: ‘One day a week will be school bag-free day. Work experience activities would be conducted at each school on Bagless Day. Earlier, in June this year, the Chhattisgarh government had also decided to introduce the “school bag free day concept in all schools”, with the broader aim of ensuring better school attendance. The August 30 guidelines issued by the MP School’s Education Department further contained a detailed table of maximum school bag weights (as well as books) for Class I through Class XII. While the maximum weight of schoolbags (including the school diary) has been fixed between 1.6 kg and 2.2 kg for class I and class II, the weight for class III to class V has been fixed to 1.7 kg to 2.5 kg, weight from 2 kg to 3 kg for classes VI to VII, 2.5 kg to 4 kg for class VIII and 2.5 kg to 4 kg for classes IX and X The weight of the school bag for students in classes XI and XII will be determined by the school management according to the sector chosen by the students. The order also directed schools to ensure that books not exceeding those prescribed by the government or NCERT are kept in the bags. “Schools should post bag weight charts on the bulletin board and in classrooms and the school newspaper should also be included in the bag weight. The school management committee should prepare students’ schedules so that they are not required to bring all the books every day, and the weight of their school bag does not exceed the stated limit,” the notification read. Schools have also been told to keep exercise books, workbooks and other items important for pupils up to class VIII in classrooms only. The order containing the 11-point guidelines directed all District Education Officers (DEOs) in the state to implement it in all schools in their respective districts with immediate effect. Each DEO will be responsible for randomly selecting schools for spot checks on implementing school bag weight guidelines once every three months. The ordinance also provides for limiting the homework burden for students. Pupils up to class II will have no homework, homework will not exceed two hours per week for pupils from class III to class V, no more than one hour of homework per day for pupils from class VI to class VIII, while the maximum daily homework for students in class IX to class XII should not exceed a duration of two hours. The two-page order further mentioned that subjects such as computer science, moral education, general sciences, health, physical education, sports and the arts were to be taught without books and that schoolbags were to be be light and fit on the students’ shoulders.

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