any children nowadays have started developing spinal problems due to heavier school bags. Almost every year schools are prescribing newer and newer books and make it mandatory on school going children to carry it with them every day. It is a problem which everyone in the administration seriously overlooks.
According to the Union HRD regulations a student of first and second standard the weight of the school bags should not be more than 1.5 kg, for the students of third and fourth standard it should be in the range of 2-3 kg, for the students of class sixth and seventh the upper limit is at 4 kg, for standard eighth and ninth the limit is 4.5 kg and for the tenth standard the limit is 5 kilogram. Every day we see these norms floated in Srinagar city in particular and Kashmir valley in general. Constant carrying of the heavy loads on their tender backs not only saps the energies of the youngsters, but also puts them at high risks of physical disabilities. It is estimated that 60 per cent of the school going children are prone to spinal ailments of different degrees on account of the huge weight they carry in their school bags.
Tin 1993, the Yashpal Committee identified the problems of heavy schools bags in India and recommended that textbooks be treated as school property. It highly recommended schools to allot lockers for children in schools in itself. It also mooted a separate timetable for homework and class work so that kids don’t take books home every day.
The government needs to strictly implement the above recommendations and any deviance should be strictly punished. In an age where multimedia methods and virtual methods are the order of the day, it is pertinent that school going students carry the minimum amount of load on their shoulders.