Day by day, weight of school bags of students have been increasing. Students are seen bulging bags in the morning and after-school hours all 6 days. Doctors are warning serious health issues such as permanent stoop, poor lung functioning, breathing difficulties, spinal impairment and this is increasing parents' fear.
But as a good move, Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed officials of the School Education Department to look on a ‘weight-loss’ formula for school bags and it seems the bulky school bag will become a thing of the past. CM in a meeting with Education department made it clear that radical changes should be brought soon for making education “less of a burden” and “more meaningful” for children.
CM asked the officials to design programmes for transformation of the education sector and ‘No School Bag Day’ on Saturdays. His plan would be like every Saturday, the children will not have classes. For the full day, they will be engaged in day-long fun activities like story-telling, games and sports and innovative learning modules.
CM also wants the department to improve the overall education scenario in the State, “As far as ‘No School Bag Day’ is concerned, the idea is to find out a way to rid the children of heavy bags. For this, we may have to create a facility in the schools to store their books by increasing the storage space. We are thinking of ways to put it in practice,” said Aditya Nath Das, Principal Secretary, Department of School Education.
Das also said that in the next meeting, they are expected to lay down their plans on improving the education sector but the ‘No School Bag Day’ concept has not gone down well with all sections.
As per S. Ramakrishna, headmaster of the Municipal Corporation High School, Gujjanagundla, Guntur, “In the absence of proper implementation of the programme, the very purpose of it is defeated. Teachers work on projects and pass them as their students work. In a few schools in rural areas, parents complain that their wards are not being taught lessons as teachers ‘waste’ time in games and other activities."