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School Education- SCERT- AP- Reducing weight of School Bag certain Guide Lines – Orders Issued- Reg

Ref: 1. Guide Lines Issued by the Department of School Education &Literacy, MHRD, Gol under ‘School Bag Policy-2020 

2. No.ESE02-21021/106/2020-SCERT Minutes of the meeting conducted by the Director, School Education, a brainstorming session through VC on the Policy on School Bag on 11.12.2020 at 12 Noon.

3. Review meeting of the Commissioner of School Education on 26/07/2022 at SSA.

4. Discussion with SCERT Faculty regarding guidelines on School Bag Policy on 26/7/2022 at SCERT-AP.

All the Regional Joint Directors of School Education, and District Educational Officers in the state are informed that as per the reference cited above, the Secretary to the Govt. of India, MHRD, SE&L has been directed to refer to the judgement of Madras High Court dated 19.05.2018 in connection “M.Purushothanan Vs Union dia wherein the Union of India inter alia was directed to frame à policy on children’s school bags as in the lines of the “children’s School Bags (Limitation on Weight) Bill, 2006”. In Union of this regard, it is decided to implement the ‘School Bag Policy-2020’ in all schools in Andhra Pradesh State. As a part of the above policy, the 25680 of 2017 titled Following guidelines are issued for implementation. 

a. The school should design the timetable by taking the ‘School Bag Policy – 2020’ into consideration and ensure that they carry a minimum amount of weight to school. 

b. Experiential learning, which is also recommended by the NEP-2020. can help students grasp concepts much faster than long hours of study. Project work plays a vital role in learning: students collect the materials in and around their surroundings so they do not need to carry books with them. The teacher should be encouraged to use these kinds of teaching methods.

c. No homework should be given for classes 1 & 2. 

d. For classes 3 to 5 the workbooks are curriculum-based, students can write their homework directly on the pages of the workbooks and return it to teachers at school. 

e. Homework should be given in such a way that it should not become a burden for students to carry too many books for Classes 6 to 10.

f. Homework should be given on a daily basis by allotting particular days for each subject, which can reduce the number of books to be carried. 

g. One notebook for mathematics and one notebook for other subjects are suggested in Primary Schools.

 h. Allow the students to use long notebooks on both sides for two different subjects in High Schools.

i. The teachers should specify the subjects to teach in the class and see that they carry only the books that are required for that day. So that it will become a habit for the students to carry accordingly.

J. Semester-wise textbooks are only to be carried by the students in their bags. Once the assessment for Semester-I is completed, ensure that they carry only Semester-II However, SA-II will be in 2 semesters.

k. Wherever possible, the H teacher/teachers should find a secure place to keep the books in boxes /shelves in the class room / school itself.

l. Teachers and students can utilise ICT integrated digital content rather than physical materials. m.Wherever possible workbooks, assignments, dictionaries, reference books, practice materials etc., are to be kept in the school itself. n. The teacher should not entertain/force the children to carry anything other than prescribed books to school. o. From time to time, the Head Teacher and the respective teachers must ensure the school bag weight should not be more than the weight mentioned in the ‘School Bag Policy-2020.

In this regard, all the Regional Joint Directors of School Education, and District Educational Officers in the state are instructed to issue the necessary orders to all stakeholders in their respective jurisdictions to implement the above guidelines without any deviation.

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Class Wise School Bag Weight

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