The Meghalaya government has put a cap on the
weight of schoolbags for all classes. It has also restricted schools from
assigning homework to students of classes I and II, except in subjects
recommended by CBSE, ICSE or the state board.
Meghalaya government’s orders are in line with the
directives of the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD). In 2018, the MHRD
had directed states to formulate guidelines to rationalize class time-tables
and regulate weight of school bags. This is because heavy school bags adversely
affects a child’s health -damage muscles and nervous system.