Panel to suggest means to reduce school bag burden 

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Srinagar—State Government has formed an expert committee to suggest possible measures to help reduce the weight of bags of school-going children in Jammu and Kashmir.

The members of the committee include Prof. A.G. Madhosh, Former Head of the Department, Department of Commerce, University of Kashmir; Prof. (Dr.) Nusrat Andrabi, Ex-Principal & Member of Indian Red Cross Society; Prof. Abdul Jabbar (Retd.) Ex-Principal Govt. Degree College Bemina and Prof. Veena Pandita, Secretary, J&K State Board of School Education.

Serviced by the J&K Board of School Education, the committee has been asked to submit its report to the government within a month.

Directorate of School Education Kashmir said that the students are being subjected to heavy book load as per prevailing time table fixed by various educational institutions particularly the private schools functioning.

“This kind of situation can lead to various ailments of children at younger age. This is a matter of serious concern and needs to be addressed immediately,” the DSEK had underlined in a circular issued earlier.

Accordingly, it had called upon all the heads of the institutions particularly the principals of private schools functioning in Srinagar and other cities of Kashmir province to ensure that the time table was framed in such a manner that minimum book load was required to be carried by the students.

“It is also advised that the Schools should work out a strategy whereunder the extra books may be retained in the schools and be given to the students as and when required.”

In July 2014, a government-appointed panel in Mumbai had revealed that children carry very heavy school bags in comparison to their age and over 58 per cent of students below 10 years are suffering from orthopaedic ailments.

The committee had recommended that one book should be used for three months for each subject and the textbook weight can be reduced by using less weight paper and no hardcover.

It had also suggested use of e-classroom, audio- visual technology and other technological means for teaching.

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