The Manipur Government’s initiative ‘No School Bag Day’ has received quite some applause from the students, school authorities and parents.
The education department of Manipur declared ‘No School Bag Day’ on all working Saturdays for students studying in classes 1 to 8, including the government-aided, government and private schools to encourage students to engage in more productive skills apart from textbooks.
‘For so many years, we have been carrying bags. The bags are also heavy but we get used to carrying bags. Now we don’t have to carry bags on Saturdays. We thank the government, an eighth standard student Tanya told a news agency.
Carrying heavy school bags every day takes a huge toll on the physical and mental health of the students leading to inconvenience, discomfort and health problems. Hence, the decision to encourage students from not carrying school bags aims to make learning at schools a more conductive, productive and happy place.
“The world is changing so fast, we must give some liberty to children. After due consideration, the education department took the decision, Chief Minister N Biren Singh told a news agency.
Students studying in primary and mid-level schools are mostly engaged in managing school curriculum, assignments, and homework, leaving them with very little time for themselves and other activities such as games, co-curricular activities that make room for personality development, the release mentioned.