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J&K Government puts cap on weight of school bags, no homework upto class 2nd

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Wahid Bhat | Ground Report

No homework for students of classes upto 2nd standard and prescribed weight limit for each class are part of the rules unveiled by School Education department on Wednesday.

The department today came up with  rules under Jammu & Kashmir School Education Act, 2002 to put cap on weight of school bags and ban homework for students upto class 2nd.

According to the rules, it shall be duty of school heads to ensure that no homework is assigned to students upto 2nd standard. They have also been directed that no formal books should be prescribed for students of nursery, LKG and UKG.

“However, students of these classes may be prescribed two notebooks/workbooks to be kept in the teachers custody in school itself,” reads the notification.

Students of pre-primary level shall not be asked to carry any bag except light carrier for lunch box.

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The schools have also been directed not to prescribe any other subject except language and arithmetic for class Ist and 2nd; language, environmental science and arithmetic for class 3rd and 4th and language, social science, mathematics and science for class 6th and 7th or as prescribed by the affiliating authority.

According to the rules, students upto UKG shall be exempted from carrying school bag. It states that weight of school bag for students of  class Ist  and 2nd shall not exceed 1.5 kilogram while the weight of  school bag for  students from class 3rd  to  5th  shall not be more than 3 kilogram.

The weight of school bag shall not exceed 4 kilogram for students of class 6th to 7th while it shall not be more than five kilograms for those studying in  8th to and 9th class.

The government has ordered that weight of school bag of class 10th students shall not exceed 5.5 kilograms.

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It warned that the government may cancel affiliation and recognition of the school violating the provisions.

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