Education Ministry issues guidelines on lightening pupil’s school bags

Education Ministry issues guidelines on lightening pupil’s school bags

Lighter days ahead: Heavy school bags will be a thing of the past after the Education Ministry issued new guidelines to help pupils lighten their load. PETALING JAYA: The subject of heavy school bags gets serious at­­tention from the Education Ministry which has issued guidelines to help pupils lighten their load. The guidelines, contained in a circular dated Sept 12, outline measures and suggestions for schools, teachers, parents and students to reduce the weight of school bags. They include rearranging the timetable so that there are between three and four subjects a day and setting up lockers in schools where pupils can keep their books. Teachers should give clear instructions on what books pupils need to bring each day and reduce the number of exercise books for each subject. The study found that in some cases the required textbooks and workbooks only made up 28% of the bags’ weight. The rest of the weight is due to exercise books, dictionary, comics, water bottles, food, sports attire and other items. The circular signed by Education deputy director-general (Educa­tional Operation Sector) Aminudin Adam said teachers must advise their students to only bring textbooks, activity books and other items as required according to the timetable. Parents should help their children pack their bags, organise their books and inspect the contents of the bags at least once a week to identify any unnecessary items. They should also encourage their children not to carry their bags while waiting for their transport. The Pupils are also discouraged from using trolley bags as they can be too heavy for some pupils. The guidelines urge schools to put up posters or brochures with tips on how to lighten school bags. Bags should be no heavier than 15% of the children’s body weight, while schools should discuss with parent-teacher associations to identify what more could be done, the circular stated. The Star has highlighted the problem of heavy school bags several times over the years following parents’ complaints. In 2000, the Education Ministry released a circular on the usage of workbooks in primary schools, ordering a reduction in pupils’ exercise books. Four years later, the ministry instructed schools to discontinue workbooks for Years One and Two. Year Three and older pupils are limited to one additional workbook each for Bahasa Melayu, English, Man­­­darin, Mathematics and Science. Despite repeated reminders by the ministry, the problem has persisted. Source :...

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Modifications in school bag can reduce load for children

Modifications in school bag can reduce load for children

NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 19 Heavy school bags are always a problem for school children. A group of Indian researchers has now redesigned school bag pack so that it can reduce the load on spine and shoulders of children. In the modified design, heavier books can be placed closer to the spine and lighter one away from it. Shoulder straps of the bag pack have been adjusted to the extent where the tip of the backpack is positioned at two centimeters above the waistline of the bag holder. “We have incorporated an internal frame to reduce the load from spine and shoulders and distribute it to the pelvic region. The new design will also distribute the load evenly to torso,” said Ishant Gupta, lead researcher from the Center of Excellence in Industrial and Product Design at the PEC University of Technology, while speaking with India Science Wire. Earlier studies have proved that there is a direct relation between energy expenditure and trunk forward lean. Traditional school bags place the backpack load closer to the body’s center of mass, resulting in changes in gait as well as energy expenditure. While carrying such backpacks the body leans in anterior forward direction where it has to balance upper body, head, skull and weight of the bag. In the new design, the spine doesn’t have to balance upper body weight which means less energy is needed. The new study examined gait parameters, posture, trunk angle and energy expenditure differences between modified backpack and existing backpacks in school children aged between 11 and 13 years. The new and existing backpacks were tested in 26 children under three loading conditions of 10%, 20% and 30% of their body weight. The gain in energy expenditure was the highest when children carried loads of 30 per cent of their bodyweight. Students carrying modified backpacks with 30 per cent bodyweight loads were found to have reduced energy expenditure that was 6.7 calories per minute whereas it was 8.4 calories per minute with the existing bags. The trunk angle was also found to reduce from 8.7 degrees with existing backpacks with 30 per cent bodyweight loads to 6.2 degrees with the modified backpacks. “The researchers have considered several parameters while studying the backpack weight. It is important to ensure that users know how to pack their bags in correct manner. Normally the bag weight should never exceed 15% of body...

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華小創電子課本告別重書包

(新山6日讯)柔佛五间店平民华小于本週开始实施电子课本措施,全校近1800名学生正式与沉重的书包说再见,今后无需再携带课本到校上课,也是全马首间「拋」书包的华小! 平民华小校方于本月4日(週日)向全校学生发出通告,指为了解决学生书包过重问题,校方已在所有的精明教室里安装电子课本系统,全校一年级至六年级的学生即日起无需携带课本到校上课,学生只须在2018学年结束前將借贷课本归还。 一名学生家长昨日將有关通告上载面子书,引起各地的学生家长和该校校友相互转载,引起热烈討论,网上一片叫好,不少家长期待自己孩子就读的学校也开始这项新措施。 《东方日报》尝试联繫校长郑丝鸿,然而她身在柔州教育局参与会议,不方便受访。 平民华小家协主席汪建佑接受《东方日报》访问时说,老师使用精明教室的电脑投影设备,將电子课本投影在荧幕上,让学生们的视线都往前方看,更能专注地上课。 他说,校方和家协都一直积极探討如何减轻学生书包重量,校方也在去年底就开始做准备。   Source...

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A Revolution in Colour

A Revolution in Colour

A revolution in colour. We always want to make new trend on outlook and keep the best features for you. New school year, new school bag. Getting a new carrier for all their school bits and bobs is, in fact, one of the most pleasing things about going back to school soon. This compact, durable bag has been designed to sit comfortably and securely on the backs of children as young as three up to teenagers. Available in a two new colours, there is a main, middle, front compartment and two mesh side pouches, meaning they can fit in everything from their books to snacks.   Support...

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BakProtek捐赠予增江北区和增江中区一校

BakProtek捐赠予增江北区和增江中区一校

Truly appreciate to all the organisation and associations supporting us on BakProtek Buy 1 Donate 1. Bags have been distributed and donated to 增江北区和增江中区一校 on 20th November 2017. Thank you for the kind assistance....

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BakProtek Donation for the New School Year

BakProtek Donation for the New School Year

Early this year, the charity working group of BakProtek organised a ‘Buy 1 Donate 1’ programme in SJK(C) Jinjang Tengah (2), KL. The programme was very well supported by parents, teachers and students.  Miss Heong, Founder of BakProtek said, “We have been hoping to donate our bags to children who need our care in Malaysia. As BakProtek has been supportive to local and global children and educational charities, we are hoping the children who receive the bags will have a joyful new academic year in...

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BakProtek offers the best selection of school bags for children of all ages

BakProtek offers the best selection of school bags for children of all ages

As your child’s everyday companion at school, a schoolbag is chosen with the greatest of care. BakProtek will guide and help you buy this important item: a bag to please your child with all the qualities of comfort to reassure you! Adapted to their age, morphology and class, doctors say that the schoolbag or backpack, once filled, should not exceed 10% of the child’s weight. In fact, the average schoolchild often carries twice that amount, with loads of up to 8 kg. You should therefore opt for lightweight and resilience when making your purchase. In preschool or nursery, feather lightweight schoolbags for the little ones. In primary school, the schoolbag is the best choice. With several compartments, a reinforced base, back and broad padded straps for the following years, when the contents will not be getting any lighter. Once at secondary school, the backpack, with its more teenage look, will be the only choice. To safeguard your child’s back make sure that he or she correctly adjusts the bag’s straps, fills it with the heaviest books close to the back, and avoids any unnecessary extra...

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Manulife nourished a Hundred Families

Manulife nourished a Hundred Families

Manuilfe Holdings Berhad joined hands with MyKasih Foundation to reach out and render assistance to 100 families in the underserved communities of Selangor and Johor Bahru through the MyKasih ‘Love My Neighbourhood’ food aid programme. During a cheque presentation ceremony held at Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Lanjan (Asli) Damansara Perdana on 29th February 2016, Manulife Holdings Chief Executive Officer, Mark O’Dell said in his speech, “I am truly saddened to hear about the plight of families who are not having enough food to eat, particularly those with young children. I am concerned about their wellbeing, as it would certainly have a bearing on their performance in school and therefore, their future.” “Through MyKasih, we hope to be able to meet the families’ basic need for nourishment. We find this to be a worthy cause to continue supporting, as we can see that what we do makes a difference, “added O’Dell. In addition to the food aid sponsorship, Manulife also sponsored 67 sets of Back-To-School kits which were distributed to the children of its Selangor beneficiaries in conjunction with the cheque presentation ceremony. The kits comprised of school uniforms, shoes, stationery, lunch boxes and water bottles. Meanwhile, Present & Pleasant Enterprise, a long-time community partner of MyKasih Foundation, sponsored 67 BakProtek school bags. MyKasih Foundation Chairman and Co-Founder, Tan Sri Dr Ngau Boon Keat acknowledged Manulife’s generosity in nourishing underserved communities in Selangor and Johor. “I am grateful for this new community service partnership with Manulife. Raising the living standards of low-income households in order to meet the country’s aspiration of a high-income nation starts with helping the vulnerable poor cope with escalating costs of living,” said Tan Sri Dr Ngau. Thanking Manulife in his speech during the event that day, MyKasih Foundation Managing Director, Jeffrey Perera said, “Without Manulife’s gift of RM72,000 towards the food aid programme, the basic needs of the families and children who are here today could not have been met.” “When we feed a hungry person and when we nourish a child in school, we are building resilience into a community. The impact may seem insignificant at first, but through the power of goodwill, technology and sustained actions, we can achieve the impact we seek,” added Perera. Others in attendance at the event included Present & Pleasant Enterprise’s Director, Howard Lai, and Manulife’s food aid beneficiaries and their school-going children. Mark O’Dell (left picture, for left)...

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Bentong Health Carnival

Bentong Health Carnival

On 1 November 2015, about 250 MyKasih families attended a health carnival which was held in SMJK Khai Mun in Bentong, Pahang. The community event was officiated by the Malaysia Minister of Transport and Member of Parliament for Bentong, YB Dato’s Sri Liow Tiong Lai. Left to right : Pahang State Executive Council Member, YB Dato’s Hoh Khai Mun, Minister of Transport and Member of Parliament for Bentong, YB Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai and MyKasih Foundation Chairman and Co-Founder, Tan Sri Dr Ngau Boon Keat helping a child put on his brand new school...

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