Say bye to heavy school bags; Government proposes new guidelines

To make the process of going to school a more joyous one, a set of guidelines have been proposed by the Centre suggesting steps such as well-designed timetables and use of child-friendly rucksacks. Other measures proposed include discouraging reference books and children up to Class 2 leaving behind their bags in school.

The guidelines, which would be placed before the Central Advisory Board on Education on August 19 for consideration also calls for supporting the concept of “class libraries” to inculcate the habit of reading among students and supplement those who do not bring textbooks on a particular day. The guidelines have been issued after there has been a growing concern about the weight of the school bags and its effects on children’s health. 
Emphasis has been laid on school principals and teachers to frame a well-designed timetable for each section of the class so that children do not have to carry too many books or notebooks to the school each day.


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