The Madras High Court has ordered the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to publicise its “No Homework” rule for class 1 and 2 students. It has also asked to emphasise that stringent action would be taken against institutes not following it.
Justice N Kirubakaran issued the order in response to a plea by advocate M Purushothaman seeking directives for the CBSE to follow only syllabus and books prescribed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).
According to the CBSE affiliation bylaws, schools affiliated to the board must satisfy its advisory of no school bag and no homework for students up to class 2. The board also stated that in compliance of the directions of the high court “It is once again reiterated that schools may ensure that no homework is given in class 3. It is also reiterated that since NCERT is an academic authority for classes 1 to 8, all schools may ensure that CBSE circular dated April 17, 2007, on reducing the satchel load and homework for children, is scrupulously followed.”
The judge asked the counsel for CBSE that which mechanism will be followed by the board to ensure that all the educational institutes implement the rule. In the reply, the counsel said that CBSE would act whenever they are “put to notice of such violation”.