The bag of woes…

Summary: KOCHI: A Bold StepThe issue first came into limelight after Mukesh Jain from Mattanchery filed a petition in 2005 before the Kerala State Human Rights Commission urging it to solve the problem of the heavy school bags. This means the students will need to carry fewer number of books to school. The state government accepted the recommendation in totem and all the text books were published in volumes. However, the order has not been fully implemented this year- A senior official with general education department We have to carry both the textbooks and notebooks for all the eight subjects everyday.

KOCHI: A Bold Step The issue first came into limelight after Mukesh Jain from Mattanchery filed a petition in 2005 before the Kerala State Human Rights Commission urging it to solve the problem of the heavy school bags. The state government accepted the recommendation in totem and all the text books were published in volumes. “Once they are out of schools and their growing up phase is over, the big gift that they take to their future is a bent back and problems related to it,” says Mukesh Jain. The suggestions that Jain made: Textbooks should be divided into three parts-quarterly, half yearly and annually. Thus bringing down the weight of texts to one third In order to reduce the weight of the notebooks, make use of 100 page books for children up to standard VII and filing system for children from the Class VIII on wards Reduce the weight of the empty school bag to 250 grams from the existing average of 750 grams Crying Out Loud! The text books of LP section should be separated term-wise so that kids don’t have to carry heavy books daily – Sandya P, LP school teacher I walk with my bag on the back for over four kilometres daily to and from the school.

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We have to carry both the textbooks and notebooks for all the eight subjects everyday. Some of my classmates and friends find it difficult to carry their bags for long distances everyday – Pranav S, Class 7 student In order to reduce the burden of heavy school bags, the Directorate of Public Instruction had issued a circular last year asking headmasters to collect textbooks of the students at the end of the academic year so that it can be used by students who join that class in the next academic year. This means the students will need to carry fewer number of books to school.

Source : http://www.nyoooz.com/kochi/500702/the-bag-of-woes

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