Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) chairman Vineet Joshi said that the board was against heavy schoolbags.
While replying a question by HT, Joshi said, "We are against heavy schoolbags. We have given instructions to all CBSE schools not to introduce extra books to students as prescribed by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT)."
During the twentieth National Annual Sahodaya Conference that got underway in the holy city on Thursday, the CBSE chairman said, "Parents have the right to question the school authorities or the CBSE directly if they feel their children are being overburdened in any manner."
More than 800 school principals and teachers from different CBSE schools of the country have arrived in city to attend the conference organised by the board, which aims to prepare the schools and the teachers in a manner so that they can tune well with the modern technological world.
The conference was inaugurated by Padma Bhushan and eminent designer, Rajeev Sethi, who is also the chairman of Asian Heritage Foundation, New Delhi, Vineet Joshi, chairman, CBSE, Sadhana Parashar, director of academics, research, training and innovation, CBSE, along with Dharamveer Singh, president of Sahodaya Schools, Amritsar.
Eminent educationists from across the country have been invited to discuss on better teaching concepts, understanding students, their strengths and weakness and how they can be engaged in classroom sessions enthusiastically.
Avnita Bir, principal of RN Podar School, Mumbai, who had been awarded a national award in teaching in 2009, said, "In most CBSE schools teachers are getting their classroom sessions recorded and are sharing the recording sessions with their students. This process helps students and has also been appreciated by parents."
Simon Breakspear, an internationally renowned thinker said, "We need to redesign learning and think differently and must be able to be make students creative and develop in them intra-personal skills which can be very beneficial in their lives."
"All students in classroom must be engaged through different interesting activities such as role plays,"he added.
"We aim to introduce a better learning and teaching culture which will be no way less than international level. In the next two days there will be detailed sessions on a similar note with discussion panels and presentations,"Joshi signed off.