CBSE, India’s largest board with 18,000 schools affiliated to it, plans to lay down lockers as a prerequisite when it comes up with new affiliation bylaws.
“A number of students and parents have raised this issue and despite us having issued many advisories and directions, a lot still needs to be done. If schools have a locker inside the premises, students will be able to keep books that are not required (at home) in the school itself. The investment by the schools will also be a long-term one and which is why we are planning to link it to affiliation,” said a senior official.
The CBSE has set up a committee to review its affiliation rules to combat commercialization of school education.
With the Board’s curriculum following a two semester system, the government is also considering bringing out NCERT books in two volumes to reduce the burden, sources said. “This plan is at a preliminary stage and requires more discussion. All stakeholders will be consulted before a decision is taken regarding books,” said a senior official.
In the past, CBSE has exhorted students to pack their bags efficiently and asked parents to raise concerns over heavy loads during parent-teacher meetings.