In a bid to put an end to the longstanding problem of heavy school bags, the Delhi Government has issued the guidelines to the heads of the schools. The Directorate of Education (DoE) has sent seven-point guidelines to the principals of government and private schools in the national capital for reducing the weight of school bags for children.
The resolution was issued after a Government-appointed committee noted that the school bags were so heavy that 60 percent of the students below the age of 10 were suffering from orthopaedic and stress-induced ailments.
DoE has also recommended that the schools should teach correct lifting and carrying techniques as part of their health education programmes and encourage pupils to take responsibility to health and back care.
As per the guidelines issued, the school principals and teachers have been urged to frame a well-designed time-table for each section of the class so that children do not have to carry too many books or notebooks to the school each day.
They have also been asked to ensure that on daily basis along with the other periods, the co-curricular activity periods should be held, thereby having an equitable distribution of weight of school bags.
The students should be discouraged from bringing reference books and other books to school, especially in senior classes. Parents should remind and guide their children to pack the school bag daily according to the time table and bring only the prescribed books and discourage their ward from carrying unnecessary items to the school.
Staggered home work schedule should be planned. Sensitization of teachers and parents should be done to create awareness of the potential problem of heavy school bags and to make them aware of the health issues which can arise due to heavy weight of school bags.
The CBSE had also asked schools in April this year to consider ways to reduce the burden of heavy bags carried by students and last month, the Board directed all the schools to stop giving homework to Class 1 & 2 students.