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Schoolbags too heavy.

This is regarding the weight of schoolbags little children have to carry and the irresponsibility of teachers. Nowadays health experts and educationists strongly advise to reduce the weight of schoolbags of little children and in many countries, the government and school authorities are taking action on this. But in Bahrain the situation is different; students struggling to load and unload their bags is a usual sight at the bus stop.

In the last few days the matter has been a burden for me. My six-year-old child studying in the Indian School standard one is carrying an average of 15 books daily to school in addition to the school diary. All the notebooks are of 100 pages and text books too have an average 100 A4 size pages.

English: four books; Hindi: three; Maths: two; EVS: two, moral: one; computer: one; GK: one; rough book: one; diary: one.

In addition he has to carry a lunch box and a water bottle.

On return from school, he cannot bear the weight of the bag and keeps it somewhere on the way and his mother takes it back.

There were several complaints on this matter and the reply of the vice-principal was that the respective teachers have to guide the students on the books which are actually needed each day. Instead of doing this, the teachers ask the students to bring all the books daily.

The problem can be solved easily by keeping some books in school itself and allowing the children to carry only necessary books every day to and from school.

The other day, I wrote the following to the teacher in the communications page of the school diary:

"The school bag is too heavy for my son to carry. Kindly arrange to reduce the weight of the bag. Please suggest to bring the necessary books only."

I got a funny and irresponsible reply on the same day itself from the teacher and it reads like this:

"Weight of the bag of all the children is the same. Please follow the time table strictly."

When following the timetable he has to carry 15 books daily.

I invite the attention of the authorities to this matter which has far-reaching adverse impact on the health of children.

A parent

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:May 31, 2009
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