On Tuesday, the Madras High Court asked the Centre to ensure that no homework is given to the students of class 1 and class 2 as recommendations have been made by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).

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The order came on a petition filed by lawyer M Purushothaman on Tuesday. As reported by The Hindu, Justice N Kirubakaran, who passed the order, had said that schools can not force the students of class 1 and class 2 to learn subjects other than language and mathematics. Also he added that the only additional subject should be environmental science for the students of class 3 to class 5. Schools to disregard the order passed by the court, would be disaffiliated.

In the court’s verbatim it is “robbing the innocence of children”, no student of such an young age would be able to do the homework assigned to them, by their own and therefore it should be prohibited.

Neither children are weightlifters nor school bags load containers,” said Justice Kirubakaran before directing the Centre to formulate a policy forthwith on the lines of the Children School Bags (Limitation on Weight) Bill, 2006, as reported by The Hindu.

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The court asked the CBSE-affiliated schools to follow the text books recommended by the NCERT. “It is shocking and surprising to note that grammar and computer science have been prescribed for Class I students. It is not understandable as to how five-year-old children could comprehend the concept of computer or understand general knowledge,” the Court had observed.

Also, the matter came up that how irrelevant subjects are taught by the CBSE-affiliated schools, which are not mentioned either in the NCERT or CBSE and unnecessary pressure is created on students.

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In addition to these orders, the court also asked the Centre to make sure that every State government and Union Territory forms flying squads to conduct unannounced inspections in schools to monitor over the matter that the schools are following the orders directed by the Court.

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