PUNE: The decision by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) directing around 18,000-odd schools under the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) not to heavily burden school children with homework has been welcomed by the parents association.
As per the new rules by NCERT, the students till Std II are not at all to be assigned any homework. Additionally, amount of homework given to students from classes III to V should not exceed two hours a week. The rules also state that homework for middle school students should be limited to an hour per day, and those in high and higher secondary classes can be given homework for two hours a day.
The NCERT issued the instructions after a complaint was filed that the CBSE was not following the syllabus set by NCERT and were overburdening the students.
Speaking about the issue, Adv Anubha Sahai, a parent and representative of India Wide Parents Association said that it is a very positive and student-centric move.
“Many times, it has been observed that teachers tend to reduce classwork and give all written work to be completed as homework. Giving practice writing to the students is fine, but that does not mean giving young children so much to write every day. There are so many primary school-going children, who instead of playing, spend hours writing their homework every day, which is not necessary at their age. Even for older children, there should certainly be limitations to homework,” Sahai said.
However, while parents are seen applauding the move, teachers are complaining that it’s the parents who want homework to be given to their kids.
A teacher at Kendriya Vidyalaya, on condition of anonymity, said, “At KV, we anyway have the policy to give minimum homework to our students. However, we encounter many parents regularly who insist us to give homework to their children, to make them study at home. We have had parents who almost fought with us over the issue of homework.”