People’s Legal Forum (PLF) has organised an interaction programme on heavy school bags of children on Sunday (Aug.11) at Vanaranga in Rangayana premises from 10 am and 1 pm.

Children, parents, school teachers, school authorities, experts, representatives of voluntary organisations will take part.

Former Vice-Chancellor Prof. P. Venkataramaiah, Chief Executive Officer of Zilla Panchayat P. A. Gopal, litterateur Prof. Kalegowda Nagavara, DDPI B. K. Basavaraju, Principal of Sharadadevi B.Ed College Prof. H. S. Umesh and Psychiatrist Dr. B.N. Ravish will be present.

There will be different panels of all the stakeholders and each panel will present the issues related to the heavy school bags.

Though all the parents are dissatisfied about the heavy school bags of their children, they are not able to find a solution. The school authorities or the department do not show any concern towards this problem.

A student of 3rd standard carries 8-10 kilogram of books every day. In some schools, such children have to climb to the third floor with heavy load of books.

Several studies have come to prove that heavy load on the back badly affect the health of the children. The School Bags (Limitation of Weight) Bill presented in the Parliament in 2006 never became an Act since no elected representative had shown any interest in it.

According to the Bill, the weight of the school bag shall not be more than 10 percent of the child’s body weight. There shall be lockers in the school where all the books could be kept, the Bill suggested.

There are some efforts to find alternative to this problem. In a school in Nelamangala, children carry only white sheets to take notes. They file them in the subject wise files kept at home. There are a few schools where lockers have been set up. It is high time to look at this issue seriously and find a common solution.

Juvenile Justice Board of Mysore had recently taken cognisance of this issue based on a petition of a parent and directed the DDPI to take action to reduce the weight of school bags.

The programme is open to all.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore