Private schools oppose ‘no bag day’ proposal

Private schools oppose ‘no bag day’ proposal

While the department of primary and secondary education proposed  ‘no bag days’ for school-goers, it is facing stiff opposition from the private schools associations across the state.

The department is also mulling the plan to slim down the weight of the school bags, while also banning home work up to lower primary.

D Shashi Kumar, general secretary of the Associated Management of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka (KAMS) termed such moves “unscientific and impractical” and added that they would hamper the learning process. Members of other associations also endorse this view.

In view of these issues, the associations have sought time to meet the Chief Minister to discuss them.

An office-bearer with the Management of Independent CBSE School, B R Supreeth, termed the homework ban inappropriate. “We don’t give impositions; we give homework to supplement classroom learning. The state shouldn’t ban homework,” he said.

Despite the differences with the government over the fee structure, Shashi Kumar said private schools would display the fee structure on their premises to benefit the children.