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No Bags for Primary School Students: Haryana Govt

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An announcement by Haryana Government relieved primary school students as they need not to carry the burden of school bags from primary school students.

“We have decided that students would go to primary schools without bags,” announced Harayana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma.

The demands have got a momentum recently after the recent Madras High Court’s order to CBSE directing it to not overburden children with books and not assign homework to students in classes I and II.

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The court on May 30 asked the Centre to instruct State Governments to reduce weight of school children’s bags and do away with homework for classes 1 and 2.

Referring to the government orders (GOs) issued by Governments of Telangana and Maharashtra, Justice N Kirubakaran, instructed Centre to direct the State Governments and Governments of Union Territories to formulate a “Children School Bag Policy” reducing the weight of the satchels in line with the guidelines issued by either state.

In the wake of the Madras High Court’s order, the Centre is likely to bring a bill in Parliament soon ensuring that schools do not assign homework to students of classes 1 and 2.

“Starting from July 1, two schools in each block would be made English-speaking education institutions, Sharma said.

“238 schools at the block-level would be made English-speaking. The number of English-speaking schools in the state has already reached 418,” he added.

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