NCERT has finally decided to reduce weight of schoolbags for the students by making books thinner. Revision of the books will start in the end of March.
Carrying heavy schoolbags that weigh between 5 and 10 kg is a common problem faced by students in India. It happens due to dozens of thick books and notebooks children need to carry to school every day. According to doctors, these heavy bags cause problems like neck strains, back pain and at times lifelong orthopedic.
Thankfully, the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) has thought of providing a solution to this problem. NCERT has not just thought of bringing changes in the syllabus to take the focus away from rote learning but has also thought of making books thinner to reduce the weight of school bags.
The curriculum committee of the NCERT will tweak the current syllabus to encourage creative and critical thinking among students. The changes have been suggested based on the recent learning outcomes the NCERT developed for subjects including Hindi, English, Urdu, Mathematics, Environment Studies, Social Science and Science.
Talking about the curriculum reduction and the revision of books, NCERT director Hrushikesh Senapaty said, “The idea is to focus on experiential learning. We want to promote a problem-solving approach. A workshop also took place recently to chalk out a plan to ensure students are not burdened physically or mentally by heavy textbooks.”
He also informed that the curriculum committee is also working on reducing the content on the basis of recent learning outcomes. The recently notified learning outcomes focus on the minimum levels of learning. Apart from the students, these outcomes will also teachers monitor students against expected benchmarks.
Before finalizing the revised syllabus, the Union human resource development ministry held various meetings last year to discuss the problem of unnecessary content in the syllabus and heavy bags.
Talking about the change another senior NCERT official said, “The issue of bigger and heavier textbooks was discussed. At the same time, the issue of the load of non-comprehension in the child is equally important. Heavy school bag creates physical burden related problems in students too.”
The revised curriculum with the reduced syllabus and new books will start in March, after the announcement of the education policy.