No homework policy for CBSE and ICSE board

CBSE board and ICSE board have time and again set their own guidelines to ensure that young children are not burdened with work that necessarily do not enhance their learning capability.
The No homework policy for CBSE and ICSE have been constantly communicated to schools but very few parents are actually aware of this policy as found by us during our school surveys in year 2019. In order to spread awareness among parents, we will look at the various directives given by the two boards.

No homework policy in CBSE board

In year 2004, CBSE through its byelaws, asked affiliated schools to not give homework for students up to class 2. However,  this advise went to deaf ears and in year 2016, CBSE followed it up with another circular (Circular No. 35/2016) asking schools to comply with previously communicated regulation of not giving homework till class 2.

In August 2018, listening to a plea by parent body, Madras high court directed CBSE to ensure the above regulation on homework is strictly followed. Post this, on August 13th, 2018, CBSE sent another circular to all its schools to follow the regulation religiously. It reiterated that  CBSE affiliated schools must satisfy the Board’s advisories regarding no school bag and no home work to the students upto class II. Circular can be found at

No homework policy in ICSE board

In December, 2016, Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) asked schools not to give homework assignments till class V. It further said that even for higher classes, “Homework can only be given without detriment to the health and well-being of pupils if judicious control is exercised by the heads of schools. The collaboration and cooperation of specialist teachers is also essential.”

While ICSE schools seem to be following the guidelines more diligently, CBSE schools are constantly giving assignments (some in name of practical activities) to the younger kid. The schools claim that there is constant pressure from parents to increase syllabus coverage. Schools claim that this is the case since parents are becoming increasingly competitive and constantly compare syllabus of their ward with other schools. In order for schools to complete the syllabus, they have to pass on some burden to home.

It is however, for parents, to reach out to school should they feel the schools are passing on work to home. No homework policy is eventually beneficial to the kid allowing the kid to spend more quality time on overall growth.


Last Updated on January 10, 2020 by Go4Reviews

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3 thoughts on “No homework policy for CBSE and ICSE board

  • March 12, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    My child school has been asking to buy private books since last 3 years. What shall I do? is it really important to follow that?

  • March 3, 2020 at 2:24 am

    Very little information about this is known to parents. thanks for sharing.

  • January 18, 2020 at 12:01 am

    Thanks for this valuable information.

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