Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has given following guidelines to schools affiliated to it with regard to reduction of school bag loads:
1) Not to over prescribe textbooks for primary classes and to keep the number of textbooks limited so as not to exceed the number prescribed by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).
2) No school bag for children of Classes I & II and to allow students to leave their school bags in school itself.
3) No homework to the children of Classes I & II and to evolve a concept of alternative to homework for the students of Classes III to V.
4) To plan a judicious time table to avoid unnecessary loading of school bags.
The problem of heavy school bag was brought out in the report 'Learning without Burden' in 1993. National Curriculum Framework (NCF), 2005 has several recommendations on reduction of physical, psychological and transactional load on school children. Based on NCF, 2005, new syllabi and textbooks have been prepared by NCERT and have been adopted in schools affiliated to CBSE. Several States have also revised their syllabi and textbooks based on NCF, 2005.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Shri M.A.A. Fatmi in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.