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CBSE mulls new policy, Indore schools doing 'homework'

INDORE: As Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) gears up to formulate policy on the magnitude and nature of homework for school goers of ...

INDORE: As Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) gears up to formulate policy on the magnitude and nature of homework for school goers of different age groups, city schools are busy surveying students, teachers and parents. They are likely to submit their reports to the CBSE by September 15. In a bid to make homework a burdenless activity, the board had earlier sought help from its affiliated schools.

Reports are likely to stress on pressing for non-bookish and more creative home assignments as most of the city schools claim that activity-based homework facilitates better and fast learning among students. It also helps them enjoy childhood at home, they say.

"In our school, children up to class II are not given any homework and are instead asked to engage themselves in fun activities as home assignments; for example interviewing grandparents to know about their likes and dislikes and alike," said Advanced Academy principal Manoj Kumar Bajpai. He said that junior class children are made to deposit their books in school so the burden of their bags is also reduced.

St Paul Principal Fr Thomas Mathew, who has formed a committee of teachers to analyze the response of children towards homework said, "I feel there should be a middle way. Homework should be given, but not too much. Children should not end up spending all their time at home doing homework." "Our school follows an alternate policy under which students get homework only in one or two subjects in one day. Parents too are comfortable with this idea," he said.

"Homework enhances children's creativity and keeps them engaged at home," said Kritika Solanki, whose children attend Agarwal Public school. She adds, "Homework also helps children understand and remember the things taught in classrooms."

Another parent Priyanka Goyal, whose daughter attends Emerald Heights said, "Schools must not burden children with too much homework in order to complete the syllabus fast. They should first gauge the child's ability to grasp content.

Source : Times of India




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