With the focus on the New Education Policy, the Education Ministry recommended a slew of measures under the new school bag policy. The policy recommends capping the maximum weight of the school bags at 10 per cent of the student’s weight. Apart from these, recommendations were also made for no homework till Class 2, lockers in schools, digital weighing machines to check the weight of the bag and discontinuing wheeled carrier or trolley school bags.
The suggestions, which are in line with the new National Education Policy, the weight of the school bag should be in the ratio of 1:10 with the body weight. “Based on research studies conducted in this area, recommendations of international agencies about the standard weight of school bag, it is recommended to follow universally accepted ratio of weight for school bag as 10 per cent of the body weight of the student across classes 1 to 10,” it says.
The policy document further recommends that school bags should have proper compartments. “Schoolbag needs to be light-weight with proper compartments, and (should) contain two padded and adjustable straps that can be squarely fit on both the shoulders. Wheeled carriers should not be allowed as it may hurt children while climbing stairs,” it reads.
It adds, “Schools need to ensure that the facilities which are mandated for schools to provide, such as mid-day meals etc. are adequate and of good quality so that children are not carrying items, such as a lunchbox.