Authorities unmindful as children must lug heavy bags to school

In August last year, an expert committee submitted its report to the government recommending ways to reduce the weight of bags small children need to carry every day to their schools.

Syed Rizwan Geelani
Srinagar, Publish Date: Sep 21 2018 9:47PM | Updated Date: Sep 21 2018 9:47PM
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More than a year after a governmental committee suggested lessening the burden of school bags for children, the school education department has not implemented its recommendations.

In August last year, an expert committee submitted its report to the government recommending ways to reduce the weight of bags small children need to carry every day to their schools. 

But its recommendations have not been implemented by the school education department as the report gathers dust while private schools continue to force children to carry heavy bags on their tender shoulders.

Director school education Kashmir (DSEK), G N Itoo said no instructions were issued from the government regarding heavy weight of school bags.

“The report is still with government and we have not received any instructions regarding it. Once the government takes a call, same will be conveyed to the management of private schools,” Itoo said.

During the PDP led coalition government, a four member committee was constituted in 2017, which was tasked to suggest “possible measures” to help reduce weight of school bags for children.

The committee was headed by chairman Board of School Education (BSOE) Veena Pandita and other members of the committee included former head of the department of sociology department A G Madhosh and two retired Principals, Nusrat Andrabi and Abdul Jabbar.

Their report was submitted in October last year for implementation but the department shelved the issue for unknown reasons.

The government had promised the recommendations put forth by the committee would be examined and implemented from next academic session which commended from November.

Ironically, the academic session is over but the department is yet to implement the committee report.

“Now, this was the right time to take a decision as new academic session is likely to start after one or two months. Private schools should be conveyed the instruction regarding the issue so that they will frame the syllabus accordingly as per the convenience of the students,” said Muhammad Ehsan, a parent, adding delay will cost students’ health dearly.

Itoo, the director of DESK said a team was supposed to visit government-run schools in New Delhi last year, but the proposal was left midway after the Governor’s rule was imposed in the state.

The team was supposed interact with the officials in New Delhi’s education department and compile a report for implementation in Jammu and Kashmir.

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