HC pulls up CBSE for not enforcing no homework order
The Madras High Court today pulled up the CBSE for not issuing a circular to all affiliated schools to implement the court's recent order banning homework for students of classes I and II.
"The Central Board of Secondary Education has not understood the seriousness of this case and the directions issued by the court. CBSE authorities think they are like CBI but that's not so," Justice N Kirubakaran said.
The court also directed the appearance of education secretaries of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry if they failed to respond to a circular issued by the central government in connection with the no homework rule by that date.
Justice Kirubakaran passed the direction on a petition by advocate M Purushothaman, seeking a direction to the CBSE to follow only NCERT-prescribed syllabus and books.
In an interim order issued on May 29, the judge had directed the Centre to instruct state governments to reduce the weight of satchels of school children and do away with homework for classes I and II.
He had also said the use of National Council for Educational Research and Training books be made mandatory.
However, in a subsequent hearing, the CBSE had informed the court that it would implement the no homework order. But the board had also said it had filed an appeal against all other orders, including the direction on the use of NCERT books.
"That is the reason why they did not move the appeal against the Delhi High Court order which said schools can prescribe to books of private publishers. But the authorities have moved an appeal against the order of this court which prohibited books of private publishers," he charged.
Seeking to expose the quality of books published by private firms, he produced a copy of the general knowledge book prescribed by a private CBSE school in the city for Class II, saying that in an exercise children had to identify picture of famous film personalities including Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif.
"What general knowledge they try to inculcate by giving such exercises?" the petitioner asked.
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