The school education department has made certain amendments in the J&K school education Act 2002 in order to ease the burden of heavy bags carried by school going children in the union territory.
As per a notification, the school education department has added Rule 8A in the school education Act under which the heads of the schools have been entrusted to ensure that that no homework is assigned to students up to class 2nd primary in all government as well as private schools affiliated with JK Board of School Education (BOSE).

“Also, no formal books are prescribed at Pre-primary (Nursery, LKG, UKG) levels,” the notification reads.

“However, students of these classes may be provided maximum two notebooks/work books to be kept in the teachers’ custody in the school itself,” it reads further.

The development comes almost 15 months after the Ministry of Human Resource Development issued guidelines to all states and Union Territories (UTs) to regulate the teaching of subjects and weight of school bags.

Greater Kashmir also carried a series of stories regarding the issue wherein students particularly in lower classes were forced to carry heavy bags on their tender shoulders. The students were forced to carry heavy bags despite Children’s School Bag Act 2006 being in place.

As per the amendments made in the Act, the students of pre-primary level shall not be asked to carry any bag except light carrier for Lunch Box.

“No school should prescribe any other subjects except language and arithmetic for class 1st and 2nd primary,” the notification reads.

It further reads that students from 3rd to primary classes should be prescribed only language subjects, Environmental Science and Arithmetic.

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