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Have you banned homework for all Class I & II students, asks HC

Points out that its direction was for all schools, not just those affiliated to CBSE

The Madras High Court on Friday wanted to know whether the State government had issued any circular pursuant to an order passed by the court on May 29 imposing a ban on prescribing homework for students of Classes I and II in all schools irrespective of the educational board to which they were affiliated to.

Justice N. Kirubakaran raised the question when a writ petition, filed by advocate M. Purushothaman, in which the order was passed got listed on Friday for reporting compliance. Assistant Solicitor General G. Karthikeyan told the court that the Centre had written a letter to all State governments and Union Territories to comply with the order.

The letter was followed by two reminders with the latest having been sent on August 13. Yet, none of the State governments had responded back, he said. After recording his submission, the judge said that he would pass a comprehensive order with respect to implementation of the order by all State governments and Union Territories.

Streamlining subjects

However, to begin with, he asked Special Government Pleader C. Munusamy to find out whether the Tamil Nadu government had implemented the court order in letter and spirit by issuing a circular to all schools that follow State Board syllabus.

Failure to do so would make it liable for contempt of court proceedings, he warned. He stressed that the direction to teach only two subjects — English and Mathematics — to Class I and II students and one more subject — Environmental Science — alone for students of Classes III to V should also be followed by all schools in the country irrespective of the education board.

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