The Telangana government has imposed a cap on the weight of bags carried by schoolchildren in order to prevent any resulting physical effect and anxiety disorder in students.
The government issued an official order on 18 July 2017 detailing the allowed weight limit of school bags for students studying in the primary section to those in Class X. The order has been issued to all the school managements.
• The maximum weight of a school bag with textbooks and notebooks should not exceed 1.5 kg for children in Class 1 and II and it should not go above 2-3 kg for children studying in Class III, IV and V.
• The weight limit for students studying in Classes VI and VII is 4 kg, while for those in Classes VIII and IX it is 4.5 kg.
• In the case of Class X, it should not exceed 5 kg.
• The prescribed weight limit is several kilograms lesser than the weight children carry currently.
• As per estimates, the schoolchildren were carrying bags weighing from 6 to 12 kg at primary level and up to 17 kg at high school level.
The state government explained its decision by saying that heavy school bags result in a severe adverse physical effect on the growing children and can cause long-term damage to their vertebral column and knees and also cause anxiety disorders in some cases.
“The issue of school bag's heaviness further aggravates in terms of health consequences in schools which are functioning in multi-storied buildings as the children have to climb the steps with heavy bags,” the order further read.
Besides this, the government also stated that there shall not be any homework for primary grade children (from Classes I to V).
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