Students of Class 6 to 8, in Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools, may soon have less work and more time to play at home.
The board has asked its affiliated schools to come up with an alternative to the conventional homework assigned to upper-primary level students (Classes 6 to 8).
Schools have been asked to fill an online questionnaire by September 15, suggestions from which will be used to frame a policy on homework.
Looking to reduce the number of hours spent on homework, the CBSE has sought opinions from all stakeholders – principals, teachers, students and parents– on aspects such as the length of the homework assigned and how many hours a week should a child spend on completing the work.
Respondents have been offered three options –around 20 minutes, one hour or more than one hour.
Currently, CBSE schools in the city give two to three hours of homework almost every day. “We give around two hours of homework,” said Avnita Bir, principal, RN Podar School, Santacruz.
Ankolika De, a student of from Kendriya Vidyalaya, IIT Powai, a CBSE school, said: “We get homework almost every day that takes at least an hour to complete. On top of that, we have project work.”
Through the questionnaire, the board aims to formulate a policy that does not bog students down with work. “The questionnaire will give us insights into homework and help us in coming up with a comprehensive policy,” said a senior official from CBSE. “We want homework to not be a burden on schools and also move beyond the question-and-answer format.”
The official said that though many schools have been giving creative, meaningful and interesting assignments to students, many institutes continue to assign monotonous activities.
“There are many schools still where homework is viewed as a burdensome activity by teachers and monotonous and time-consuming by students and parents,” said the official.