The Maharashtra government has accepted the concept of ‘study without burden’ and accordingly reorganised subjects of primary schools to reduce weight of school bags, the Bombay high court was told on Tuesday.
The state government filed an affidavit in reply to a public interest litigation (PIL) raising concern over increasing weight of school bags. The affidavit filed by Avinash Sable, deputy secretary, school education department, states that the government had appointed a committee under the chairmanship of Prof Yash Pal for suggesting measures to reduce weight of school bags.
According to the affidavit, the school education department has accepted ‘study without burden,’ a concept put forth by the committee and included it in the state curriculum and accordingly some subjects for primary section have been reorganised so as to reduce the number of books that school children are required to carry school every day.
For Classes 1 and 2, the subject of environment studies has been merged with languages and mathematics, instead of keeping them separate. Similarly, subjects of science, civil science and geography are included in environmental studies and the subject of history has been merged with environmental studies - 2.
The changes, according to the affidavit, have reduced the number of subjects and the consequent burden of school children of carrying number of textbooks and note books to school every day.
A division bench of justice VM Kanade and justice MS Sonak has now posted the PIL filed by city resident Swati Patil for further hearing on May 5.