Days after the Madras High Court came down heavily on the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for not enforcing its recent order prohibiting homework for students of classes I and II, the Directorate of Education (DoE) has told all schools in the national capital not to give any homework to students of the above mentioned classes. According to a report in The Indian Express, a circular issued by the DoE on September 14 said: “The heads of government, government- aided, recognised unaided schools are hereby directed to ensure that no homework is prescribed to students of Classes I and II. Non-compliance will be viewed seriously.”
Earlier, the Madras High Court in an interim order on May 29 asked CBSE to ensure kids studying in classes I and II in schools affiliated to it must not get any homework. The court had also directed the Centre to instruct all the state governments to reduce the weight of bags of school children and ensure that no homework was assigned to students of classes I and II.
While hearing a petition filed by advocate M Purushothaman, seeking a direction to the CBSE to make use of NCERT-prescribed syllabus and books mandatory, Justice Kirubakaran had passed an interim order and said the use of National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) books be made mandatory. During the subsequent hearing, the board had informed the court that it would implement the court's order of no homework and also said that it had filed an appeal against all other orders.