Chandigarh: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have once again directed all the schools heads to restrict the number of textbooks students carry to school in an effort to reduce the weight of school bags.
Notably, earlier on April 18, 2016 the board had issued the same directives regarding the measures to reduce the weight of school bags.
The board has clearly mentioned that because of heavy school bags young children suffer from many health hazards.
Suggestion for parents
During PTM parents may be advised to purchase lighter school backpack with two taut stripes.
For primary classes, parents should supervise children in repacking their bags everyday as per the timetable and ensure that their wards do not carry unnecessary books.
Suggestions for teachers
Teachers may also be counselled by the principals to provide unambiguous instructions for bringing textbooks beforehand and not to penalise students in any way for not bringing textbooks/workbooks.
Teachers should use alternative methods of teaching like the ones based on ICT to alleviate the dependence on textbooks.
Use loose sheets for the workbooks as it reduces the weight of school bag and facilitate the checking by teachers as well.
Suggestions for Schools
Schools may exhort students to abide strictly by the timetable and relate the adverse effects of fatigue caused due to heavy bags on their day to day performance in class.
Encourage students to repack their bags on daily basis and to avoid carrying unnecessary articles, textbooks, workbooks that are not needed.
Check school bags randomly to ensure the proper weight of school bags.
Ensure the adequate supply of potable and safe drinking water for everybody and counsel students not to bring the heavy water bottle to school.
Deesign weekly timetable in such a way that minimum number of textbooks and workbooks are required each day. It should be evenly spread over to the entire week.
Students need not carry extra pair of sportswear throughout the day rather they may be allowed to wear it for the entire day.
Textbooks for classes I-VIII, apart from their academic worth, should be light weighted. Schools should not prescribe too many additional and supplementary textbooks which are at times voluminous, costly and designed in a pedagogically unsound manner.
There should not be any homework assigned to students of classes I-II and they need not bring their school bag.
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