Students need not bring school bags to schools. In fact, in a circular, the CBSE has asked all its affiliated schools to take few measures. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Monday asked all its affiliated schools not to assign any homework to students of class I and II. This is to reduce the weight of school bags, which have ‘adverse’ and ‘irreversible’ effect on the health of children.
“Young children whose spine is at a crucial stage of growth are the most susceptible ones to hazards such as back pain, muscle pain, shoulder pain, fatigue and in extreme cases the distortion of spinal cord or shoulders that may most plausibly be attributed to heavy school bags,” the circular said
LIGHT WEIGHTED TEXTBOOKS
The board has suggested that textbooks for classes I to VIII should be light in weight. Schools should not prescribe too many additional and supplementary textbooks which are at times voluminous.
In addition, schools may check school bags randomly to ensure the proper weight of school bags. Students should be encouraged on a daily basis to repack their bags. This will help in avoiding unnecessary articles, textbooks, workbooks.
The principal of Kendriya Vidyalaya-1, AT Mishra said, “In many schools, it is already in practice that younger children keep their books in schools and need not carry back home every day. But it is also the duty of parents to repack schoolbags of their wards every day and take out unnecessary items.”
USE OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
It has suggested teachers use alternative methods of teaching like based on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). This will alleviate the dependence on textbooks. They may use loose sheets for the workbooks as it reduces the weight of school bag. Children need not carry water bottles as schools will provide potable drinking water.
Doctors said a large number of children these days are complaining of back and shoulder pain and postural defects.
Furthermore, several states like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Delhi issued specific guidelines to use lighter school bags. In fact, many private schools have also switched to smart classes and educational tablets to replace textbooks for higher classes.