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What could be real way to save school children from over-loaded schoolbags?
Many surveys in the past had also indicated the ill-effects of the insensitive school system making primary school children carrying load of a school bag on an average of 10 kg and at high school level about 15 kg.

Such load have proved to detrimental to  physical growth of children leading to back pain, distortion of the spine and nervous system along with the subsequent cognitive load leading to equally painful education and mental stress.

Research has proved conclusively that the current school bag load, as reported in recent surveys, has significantly adverse effects on the physical and mental health of children.

"With the new guidelines of the MHRD to limit the school bag load to less than 10% of child's body load, a norm has fixed and conveyed to the schools. However, the schools and their insensitive and unprofessional functioning are the main causes of burdening and exploiting students.  These causes has become the deep rooted institutional habits giving rise to sick school system which need to be cured. The schools have become shops and made education a commodity by selling fat books and multiple workbooks; stationery items; school bags and backpacks; designer uniforms including logo bearing undergarments; games equipment; water bottles and much more. The action is required there. Mere issuance of guidelines is facile and will not work," said a social and child rights activists in Jaipur while reacting on the news.

The private school principals' meetings and conclaves are being sponsored and facilitated by the 'school supplies industry' consisting of book publishing companies; stationery  manufactures; sports goods manufactures; clothing industry; lab equipment suppliers; school furnishing industry and school services suppliers including school transport, cleanliness and security service companies. One can imagine, the economic deals must be happening in such conclaves.

Unless, the root cause of the problem is not addressed, the economic burden and cognitive load on parents will become more subtle in schools which have turned into black boxes and insensitive social organisations. The schools are coming up with term wise thinner books ideas, newly designed backpacks to be less stressful on shoulders and time-table re-adjustments with combination of subjects being on alternate days. however, the implications of the reform for improving classroom processes and leading students to self-learning skills will again put in the cold storage, I feel.

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