With a view to make homework meaningful, scientific and research-based, and to change the manner in which students approached homework, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) recently sought feedback from parents and teachers on alternatives to homework for classes 6-8.
The CBSE's questionnaire had several questions, including suggestions on the length, purpose and different kinds of homework.
CBSE regional director RJ Khanderao said the board had sought the feedback of all stakeholders so as to gain an insight into different issues related to homework.
He further said the board had received responses from different quarters in the last three weeks and would design appropriate strategies to streamline homework based on the feedback.
He stated that the whole idea was to change the perspective of students that homework equated to burden.
He added that the board would implement the changes, if any, from the next academic session.
Local CBSE counsellor Rakesh Sachdeva said though the initiative was a welcome step, the board must also remember that if homework was made project-based, students would get them done from markets.
"We need to implement changes which test the creativity of students and simultaneously prepare them for exams."
Local academician Arvind Goyal said the current Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation system had burdened parents rather than children.
He said, "These days, parents end up making projects for children as students cannot finish them on their own. It is sometimes beyond their intelligence. The CBSE must assign homework that brings out the creative side of students."