Schools take initiatives to lessen students’ bag load

Schools take initiatives to lessen students’ bag load

With parents complaining that the weight of school bags are
affecting the posture of students, schools in Ludhiana are taking initiatives
to lessen the load of the students

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) city coordinator and
principal of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School Shastri Nagar,
Paramjit Kaur said, “CBSE has already issued a specific notification related
to the heaviness of bags where all the school heads should instruct
teachers to keep a check and follow those specific norms.”

According to her, students are being asked to bring selected books and
notebooks, according to timetable. “Also, parents should check that
students are not bringing books that are not needed,” she added.

At Kundan Vidya Mandir (KVM) School, an initiative, a bag pack policy, has been started to ensure school bags are lighter. A P Sharma, principal of KVM School, said, “A bag pack policy has been initiated where students share the books — one student brings maths textbook and another science textbook as per their turn. Students are told in advance about it. Notebooks are to be carried only if required.”

Most schools have segregated books according to term 1 and term 2, which is practiced at Nankana Sahib Public School, Gill Road. Deputy CBSE city coordinator and principal of Nankana Public School, Harmeet Kaur Waraich, said, “We are following the concept from South India where one book has all five subjects, including maths, science, social science, English, and computer science — divided according to terms. Thus, primary students have to carry only one book. With a one book one term policy, we have lowered the weight and cost of the books. Not only this, it but also helps in saving paper.”