Ministry of Education Reviews and Refines Guidelines for Bagless Days in Schools

The Ministry of Education (MoE) has conducted a review of the NCERT guidelines for implementing bagless days in schools, with plans to further refine these guidelines. Developed by the PSS Central Institute of Vocational Education (PSSCIVE), a unit of the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), the guidelines aim to make learning more joyful, experiential, and stress-free for students.

During the review meeting, various suggestions were discussed, such as sensitizing students about local ecology, teaching them to test water purity, recognizing local flora and fauna, and visiting local monuments. Based on the review, PSSCIVE will fine-tune and finalize the guidelines.

The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 recommended a 10-day bagless period for students in grades 6-8, during which they will intern with local skill experts and engage in activities outside traditional school settings. This initiative is designed to help students develop an appreciation for the larger ecosystem in which their school is embedded.

Bagless days will be encouraged throughout the year, encompassing a variety of activities such as arts, quizzes, sports, and skill-based learning. Students will gain exposure to activities outside the classroom, including visits to historical, cultural, and tourist sites, interactions with local artists and craftsmen, and visits to educational institutions within their village, tehsil, district, or state, as mapped by local skilling needs.

Recommended activities in the NCERT guidelines include visits and surveys of vegetable markets, charity visits, pet care surveys and report writing, doodling, kite making and flying, organizing book fairs, sitting under a Banyan tree, and visiting biogas plants and solar energy parks.

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