Our children’s sufferings.The overweight school bags still remains a serious issue.
Poet Professor Chemmanam Chacko compared the overweight school bags as gunny sacks of salt.and rightly demanding judiciary to intervene and act against the education system forces students to carry the overloaded back bags.
Pediatricians also sounded warning bells against the overweight school bags. A child should not carry more that 10% of his/her bodyweight. According to experts, a student having weight of 25kg should not carry more than 2.5Kg. It would have impact on their neck, shoulder upper back and lower back. It could also make children susceptible to spinal injuries.
Experts recommended some ways to reduce the weight of school bags as
1)Textbooks should Split into small parts and combine different subjects for each terms into one book
2)Use notebooks of 80/100 pages or use A4 size paper and file systematically at home
3)School authorities should provide safe drinking water so that students need not to carry water bottles.
4)Use of PC/Laptops may be considered.