The Government issues new guidelines to reduce Classes 1 and 2 students school bag weight. The Centre has asked the states and UTs to ensure that there is no homework for students of Classes 1 and 2 and the guidelines capping the weight of school bags for classes 1-10 are adhered to. "The Ministry has instructed all states and Union Territories to formulate guidelines to regulate the teaching of subjects and weight of school bags in accordance with Government of India regulations," read the circular sent out by the Education Secretary of Lakshadweep A. Hamza to school principals, on the basis of a directive by the Union HRD Ministry. ‘To reduce weight of kids’ school bags, the Centre has urged the states and UTs to ensure that there is no homework given for students of Classes 1 and 2.’Read More.. Schools would not ask the students to bring any additional books or materials that could increase their burden of weight, an HRD ministry official said. All the states and UT education departments have been directed on these lines. The guidelines said school bags for students in Class 1 and 2 should not be above 1.5 kg. The weight limits stipulated for Classes 3 to 5 (two to three kg), Classes 4 and 5 (four kg), Classes 8 and 9 (4.5 kg), and Class 10 (five kg). It also directed that Classes 1 and 2 students should be taught only one language and Maths and Classes 3 and 4 only Language, Environmental Studies, and Maths. The circular was issued just days back, he added.Source: IANS << Differential Brain Responses to Speech in Toddlers with Auti... Smart Ways to Protect Your Hair from Harmful Air Pollution >> Recommended Reading Can Heavy School Bag Cause Back Pain in Children? Causes of backache in adults can vary but majority of backaches in growing children is traced to heavy school bags. Backache in children is a common problem now with school bags becoming heavier. READ MORE How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips Increasing weight of school bags can cause back pain in kids. Types of backpacks for school, carrying the right books and coordinated efforts between parents and school can help solve the problem. READ MORE Backpacks and Backaches Children who carry backpacks that weigh more than 20% -25% of their body weight are more likely to develop backaches. READ MORE Four in Five School Kids Carry School Bags Weighing a Fifth of Their Body Weight More than 80 percent of children are carrying school bags that weigh nearly a fifth of their body weight, putting more pressure on their backs, a new study reveals. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia A-Z Drug Brands in India Blood - Sugar Chart Diaphragmatic Hernia More News on: Can Heavy School Bag Cause Back Pain in Children?