SCPCR, Nagaland Issues Guidelines for School Children on School Bags

schoolbags-300x199New Delhi October 20 (ENA) State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) Nagaland, has notified that the weight of schoolbags should not be more than 10 percent of the weight of the child.

In addition, children in pre-primary classes should not carry any books/notebooks to school. It also informed that short term awareness/training programmes would be conducted. The schools should issue guidelines for all students to carry books as per the timetable.

Burden of heavy school bag has come into light in recent months. In Bengaluru, in the light of complaints regarding the burden of heavy school bags, schools are experimenting with digitised textbooks. The heavy school bag is of huge concern. The health experts are of the opinion that children should not carry more than 10 percent of their body weight as it may lead to health concerns of lower back pain etc. Recently, in Jammu & Kashmir after a petition filed by an undergraduate student, the high court of the State has asked the education department to come up with a policy on this within three months and suggested to introduce smart classes and use technologies for teaching. (ENA Bureau)

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