New Delhi: In an attempt to reduce the heavy baggage of primary and middle level school students, National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has recommended only two books (Language and Mathematics) for classes I & II and three books for classes III to V (Language, Environmental Studies and Mathematics). Giving information in a written reply in Lok Sabha, Union Minister of State for Human Resources Development Upendra Kushwaha said that the Central Government has taken various steps to reduce curriculum load and the weight of school bags. He informed that NCERT has not recommended any textbook for early childhood education.
It also said that the number and size of NCERT’s textbooks used by the primary and secondary school students are appropriate to their age. The Government has also launched a platform for showcasing and dissemination of all digital and digitisable resources for its stakeholders in collaboration with the NCERT. Accordingly, the NCERT has made available all their textbooks and other teaching-learning material for free access through its website www.ncert.nic.in, e-pathshala.nic.in and mobile devices.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has directed schools affiliated to it to ensure that students do not carry school bags till class II and also to restrict the number of books to be prescribed in classes I-VIII. In its latest circular dated 12th September, 2016, it has advised schools to take all possible measures to keep the weight of school bag under control, he added.