After the resolution passed by Delhi Government on reducing the weight of the school bags of children, Maharashtra Government has also decided to pass a resolution regarding the matter. V M Kanade and Shalini Phansalkar Joshi of Bombay High Court have given three weeks’ time to the Maharashtra Government to take decision in this regard. The public interest litigation about the heavy weight of school bags was filed by social activist Swati Patil.
There is a committee that has been formed to look after the several recommendations that have been suggested. According to the reports the students are carrying 20 to 30% heavier bags than they should carry around. As result of this a large number of students below the age of 10 are suffering from various orthopaedic as well as stress-induced problems, at this very tender age. Among the suggestions given there is a provision that the school children be allowed to use one single book (workbook) for every subject for at least 3 months. This would reduce the weight to quite an extent and further reducing hard covers to paperbound books would reduce the weight. There were suggestions for implementing e-classrooms for students as well so that the students could learn using audio-visual technology.
There was recently a meeting held by the Central Advisory Board of Education regarding the Delhi schools where there could be introduction of ‘class libraries’. These libraries would impart a habit of reading among the students and help students read on the days they do not bring textbooks to school.
According to an HRD official, “Some of the guidelines are basically a reaffirmation of policies evaluated by education boards from time to time but not being strictly followed.”