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No formal books for KG classes, no homework for students up-to second standard in J-K

Srinagar: As part of the new rules unveiled by School Education department on Wednesday, the government has decided for no homework for students of classes upto second standard and prescribed weight limit for each class.

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

According to the rules, it shall be duty of school heads to ensure that no homework is assigned to students upto second 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.

According to the order, students of pre-primary level shall not be asked to carry any bag except light carrier for lunch box.

The schools have also been directed not to prescribe any other subject except language and arithmetic for first and second standard; language, environmental science, and arithmetic for thord and fourth standard and language, social science, mathematics, and science for sixth and seventh standard 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  first and second standard shall not exceed 1.5 kilogram while the weight of  school bag for students from third to fifth standard shall not be more than 3 kilogram.

The weight of school bag shall not exceed 4 kilogram for students of class sixth adn seventh standard while it shall not be more than five kilograms for those studying in eighth and ninth standard.

The government has ordered that weight of school bag of tenths standard students shall not exceed 5.5 kilograms.

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