DoE circular - check weight of school bags


The Directorate of Education has issued a circular asking schools to follow the new ‘School Bag Policy, 2020’ released by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).

  • According to the circular, school teachers should inform the students in advance about the books and notebooks to be brought to school on a particular day and frequentlycheck their bags to ensure that they are not carrying unnecessary material. 
  • The weight of the school bags, as per the policy, should be 1.6 to 2.2 kg for students of Classes I and II, 1.7 to 2.5 kg for Classes III, IV and V, 2 to 3 kg for Classes VI and VII, 2.5 to 4 kg for Class VIII, 2.5 to 4.5 kg for Classes IX and X and 3.5 to 5 kg for Classes XI and XII.
  • It adds that the teachers should take the responsibility of checking the weight of school bags of the students every three months on a day selected for the whole class and any information about heavy bags should be communicated to the parents.
  • To reduce the weight of the school bag, the circular says that it is the duty and the responsibility of the school management to provide quality potable water in sufficient quantity to all the students in the school so that they do not need to carry water bottles from their homes.
  • Heavy school bags are a serious threat to the health and well-being of students. The heavy school bag has severe/adverse physical effects on growing children which can cause damage to their vertebral column and knees.


Directorate of Education 

  • Education holds the key to economic growth, social transformation, modernizational integration.
  • The National Policy on Education formulated in 1986 and modified in 1992 aims to provide education of a comparable quality up to a given level to all students.
  • Objectives:
  1. Expansion of quality education facilities to all children in the unserved habitations to ensure enrolment and retention of all
  2. Inclusion of disadvantaged groups and weaker sections and bridging gender gaps
  3. Improving standards of education.
  4. Institutional and systematic reforms.
  • It is one of the India's largest school education system. Recognizing the importance of education, the Govt. of Delhi is spending about 10% its total plan allocation on Education Sector
  • The share of Sector (General Education, Technical Education, Art & Culture and Sports) in total Plan expenditure of Delhi Government for last 5 years is increased from 8.49% in 2004-05 up to 10.32% in 2008-09.


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