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Experts, parents for 'lesser schoolbag burden'

Mysore, Aug 11, 2013, DHNS:

Education experts and parents decided to press the Central government to pass the School Bag (Limitation of Weight) Bill 2006 soon.

At an interaction organised by People’s Legal Forum (PLF), here at Vanaranga, Rangayana, on Sunday, the participants unanimously passed a resolution to urge the government through MP A H Vishwanath to pass the Bill, according to which a schoolbag should not be more than 10 per cent of the child’s weight. While parents were for reduction of the weight of bags as they were concerned about the health of their children, experts were concerned about a dip in quality of learning.

Dr B N Ravish, Head of Psychiatry department, Mysore Medical College and Research Institute, said the education system was a tool to improve the society’s condition and complementing an individual’s personality, it was decreasing the tolerance level of students. He said, evolution has also decreased, while children are becoming more sensitive. “Their mental and physical growth is also being effected badly,” he added.
He said, the vision of the education system is not clear. Merely gaining degrees don’t mean education, as other essential aspects are not inculcated. Children should be taught about decision making.

Ravish said, even small things when borne for a long time will have an adverse effect. While, televisions and mobiles are decreasing in size, schoolbags are gaining more weight. “The growing size of bags is directly proportional to the growing corruption in the country,” he quipped.

The body-mind bond that the World Health Organisation propounds has been practised by Indians ages ago. The weight of schoolbags represent the heaviness of mental and physical stress undergone by students. The craving to achieve more and learn more has pushed children into mental crisis, he added.

‘May cause mental disorder’


Ravish said, the education system was increasing stress, causing increased psychological disorders among children. “Children are frustrated and are taking to suicide over petty issues. It is important to lessen mental stress besides, physical stress,” he added.

P Venkataramaiah, former vice-chancellor, University of Mysore, said the Yash Pal Committee’s Report entitled ‘Learning Without Burden’ was submitted in 1993, but it has been neglected. It intends to lessen the weight and increase quality in education. Presently, in the education system ‘lot is started but little is learnt’, he said.


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