The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued a notification asking schools to lessen the weight of school bags by adopting various measures including lockers in schools and reducing reference books.
The CBSE has advised the schools to restrict the number of text books to the prescribed norms of the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), particularly at the primary and upper primary levels.
It said academic coordinators or supervisors at schools should ensure home work is spread out and not overloaded, and the text books should not be covered with bio non-degradable plastic sheets.
The CBSE also said in its notification to provide racks with locks in all classrooms where reference books, sports equipments, uniforms and other items can be safely stored.
School heads and teachers should ensure that senior students bring books according to the time-table, and discourage them from carrying heavy reference books or other such materials.
However, the Board did not specify the precise weight of the school bags for children of different classes.