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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Ensure lighter bags for students, schools told


Ensure lighter bags for students, schools told

Tribune News Service

Faridkot, May 13

The district administration on Monday directed all schools to ensure that the weight of bags of Class I and II students shall not exceed 1.5 kg.

The weight of a bag at the primary level in most of the private schools weighs around 6 to 12 kg, leading to adverse physical effect on the students, which can cause damage to their vertebral column and knees. This problem is more acute in the multistoried building schools as the students have to climb the steps with heavy school bags.

At a meeting with all schools heads and the District Education Department authorities, Deputy Commissioner Kumar Saurav Raj directed them to ensure that the weight of bags of Class I and II students shall not exceed 1.5 kg. The allowed weight of school bags for Classes III to V is 2-3 kg, while for Classes VI and VII, VIII and IX, and Class X has been prescribed at 4 kg, 4.5 kg and 5 kg, respectively.

We are serious in implementing these directions of the School Education Department and the Ministry of Human Resources Development, the DC said. “No homework should be given to students of Classes I and II. The schools not following these directions will be dealt with strictly,” he added.

Overweighing of school bags is taking a toll on the physical and psychological health of the students, so the Education Department has restricted the weight limit, the DC told the school heads.

Besides reducing the load of books at the school level, the parents should also be asked to purchase light weight bags for their children, the DC added.

Notably, a week ago, Secretary, School Education Department, had issued directions to all District Education Officers and school heads, saying that weight of a bag should not exceed 5 kg. However, there was no implementation of these directions here.

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