Court sets deadline for reducing weight of schoolbags

Court sets deadline for reducing weight of schoolbags
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SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday directed state to file compliance report within four weeks with regard to easing the burden of school children saddled under heavy school bags.
The court observed that for easing the burden of school bags there is a need of comprehensive policy to be followed at schools so that children do not suffer.
Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice
Sanjeev Kumar remarked that complete compliance report is needed and the issue can’t be taken lightly.
“It is our children who are suffering and proper time-table needs to be followed at schools for easing the burden.”
On previous hearings, Badrul Duja, who has moved court on the issue pleaded that the government was not ready to implement court directions.
However, deputy advocate General Abdul Majid Mir had told the court that the government has already constituted a committee on the issue for submitting its report.
Following the submission by Mir, the court had directed the government to take a policy decision on reducing the weight of school bags within two months.
While disposing a PIL on May 30, 2016, the court had directed the commissioner secretary Education to consider petitioner’s representation within three months and take appropriate decision in the matter.
To relieve the children of the burden of books, the petitioner had sought directions to government to encourage e- classrooms, audio-visual technology and other contemporary means for teaching students.
“A government appointed panel in Mumbai had revealed that children carry school bags that are too heavy for them and over 58 percent of students below 10 years are suffering from orthopaedic ailments,” he had told the court.
The committee, he said, had recommended that one book should be used for three months for each subject and the textbook weight can be reduced by using paper of less weight and without hardcover.

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