Centre to introduce Bill to prevent schools from assigning homework for Class 1 and 2, says Prakash Javadekar

Kolkata: The Centre will bring a Bill in Parliament to ensure that schools do not assign homework to students of Classes 1 and 2, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has said.

His remarks came in the wake of an interim order of the Madras High Court on 30 May asking the Centre to instruct state governments to reduce the weight of children's school bags and do away with homework for Classes 1 and 2.

Javadekar said he believed there cannot be learning without fun.

File image of Union minister Prakash Javadekar. Getty images

File image of Union minister Prakash Javadekar. Getty images

"I welcome the decision (of the court). We are studying the order and will definitely do whatever is required," he told a press conference.

The Union minister said the Centre will bring a no homework bill in the Monsoon Session of Parliament in compliance with the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, and hoped it will be passed.

"I believe there has to be a 'learn with fun'. Children should not be put under any pressure. We will do whatever is required to lessen the pressure on children in compliance with the court order," Javadekar said.

The high court had asked the state government to ensure that the weight of the satchels should not be more than 10 percent of the weight of the child.

Justice N Kirubakaran had also directed the Centre to instruct the state governments not to prescribe any other subjects except language and mathematics for students of Classes 1 and 2.


Updated Date: Jun 03, 2018 19:27 PM

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