CBSE recommended the schools to replace the word ‘homework’ with expressions such as ‘practice work’ and ‘self work’.
The manual of 318 pages, posted on the CBSE website, suggested teachers and heads of schools to club these activities with concepts from lessons. It also has a set of guidelines describing about how ‘practice work’ can be made exciting by asking the students to solve puzzles, write letters, put together household lists, cook, read newspapers, watch documentaries & natural history programmes, and so on for upper primary students including Classes 6 to 8.
The Board conducted a survey among parents, teachers and students to seek their opinions before framing the guidelines. However, the guidelines address each grade (from six to eight) separately and give appropriate & comprehensive examples for every subject.