Days after reprimanding the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for not issuing a circular to affiliated schools to enforce its recent order prohibiting homework for students of classes I and II, the Madras High Court has now ordered the board to publicise in media that stringent action would be taken against institutes not following the 'no homework' rule. Justice N Kirubakaran passed the order on a plea by advocate M Purushothaman seeking a direction to the CBSE to make use of National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) prescribed syllabus and books mandatory.
The CBSE on Monday produced a copy of the circular issued on September 15, 2004, and on September 12, 2016, asking schools not to assign homework to students of classes 1 and 2. “It is also reiterated that since NCERT is an academic authority for classes 1 to 8, all schools may ensure that CBSE circular dated April 17, 2007, on reducing the satchel load and homework for children, is scrupulously followed,” the CBSE said.
Recording the submission, Justice Kirubakaran asked the counsel for CBSE about the mechanism the board follows to ensure that all the institutes implement the rule. To this, he said that board would act whenever they are “put to notice of such violation.”
Refusing to accept the contention, the judge said: “People are considering CBSE as a premier board, but it is unfortunate that you do not even have a system to check such violations.” “As you said there were over 18,000 schools affiliated to CBSE, but the board has a staff strength of only 1,200. With such a low staff how could you ensure implementation of rules,” Justice Kirubakaran asked.