Delhi Asks Government Schools To Ensure Bag Weight Criteria

Delhi Asks Government Schools To Ensure Bag Weight Criteria

The DoE circular on Monday, cited its order of last year, and asked the schools to fix the bag weights.

 

NEW DELHI: Reiterating the rules for capping the weight of bags for classes 1-10, Delhi’s Directorate of Education (DoE) has asked heads of government schools in the capital to ensure that bags for students in Class 1 and 2 should not be above 1.5 kg, while they should not be given any homework. The DoE issued a circular on Monday, citing its order of last year, and asked the schools to fix the bag weights for classes 3 to 5 (two-three kg), classes 6-7 (four kg), Classes 8-9 (4.5 kg), and Class 10 (five kg).

It also asked the schools not to assign any homework to Class 1 and 2 children.

It further asked schools to inform the students in advance about the books and notebooks to be brought to the school on a particular day.

Last year, following the Centre’s order to ensure no homework for students of Classes 1 and 2 and the guidelines for capping the weight of school bags for classes 1-10, the Delhi DoE had issued a circular to reduce the weight of school bags citing health hazard for the students. The guidelines were again “reiterated”, Monday’s order said.

The DoE directed schools to ensure strict implementation of guidelines on reducing the weight of school bags.

“In reference to the earlier circular on reducing the weight of school bags in primary and secondary schools, it is again reiterated that the guidelines about reducing the weight of school bags shall be complied by all Heads of government, government-aided and unaided recognized schools under the DoE,” the circular issued on Monday said.