DIMAPUR: Imagine if we could go to school without the burden of heavy and overloaded school bags, hopping and walking to school without a care in the world, a head full of thoughts yet shoulders devoid of burdens! This unfulfilled dream of ours may now become a reality for school students in Nagaland as the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) Nagaland has requested the state department of school education (DoSE) to notify schools on recommendations of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR).
Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) in its study had recently highlighted the adverse effects of heavy school bags. Though providing lockers in schools and reducing reference books are effective measures, SCPRC has now decided to address the problem on a larger scale and hence sought the implementation of the guidelines of the NCPCR.
Measures recommended by NCPCR are as under:
1. It should be ensured that the weight of schoolbags is not more than 10 percent of the weight of the child
2. Also, children in pre-primary classes should not carry any books/notebooks to school.
3. To bring effective change, sensitisation and awareness is required at three levels – for Principals, Teachers and Parents. For this, appropriate short term awareness/training programmes should be conducted
4. Schools should be directed to issue guidelines for all students to carry books as per the timetable and also suggest suitable, safe ways to carry bags
5. Also, schools should issue directions to all teachers to pre-inform students about the books/notebooks to be carried on a particular day
6. Appropriate action should be taken against any school not following the guidelines.
(TNT Desk with inputs from NCPCR and internet sources)
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