The Directorate of Education has published a circular ordering schools to follow the new ‘School Bag Policy, 2020’ released by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).
According to the notice, schoolteachers should notify the students in advance about the books and notebooks to be brought to school on a particular day and frequently check their bags to ensure that they are not keeping up unnecessary elements.
The weight of the school bags, as per the new school bag policy, should be marked as-
- 1.6 to 2.2 kg for students of Classes I and II
- 1.7 to 2.5 kg for Classes III, IV, and V
- 2 to 3 kg for Classes VI and VII
- 2.5 to 4 kg for Class VIII,
- 2.5 to 4.5 kg for Classes IX and X
- 3.5 to 5 kg for Classes XI and XII.
Additionally, the government asked teachers should take the commitment of checking the weight of school bags of the students every three months on a day selected for the whole class, and any information about heavy bags should be conveyed to the parents.
To reduce the weight of the school bag, the circular says that it is the responsibility of the school administration to provide quality potable water in sufficient quantity to all the students in the school so that they do not need to carry water bottles from their homes.
Big school bags are a serious threat to the health and well-being of students. The heavy school bag has severe/adverse physical effects on developing children which can cause harm to their vertebral column and knees, the circular reads.