The Indian government has banned the carrying of heavy schoolbags to school. This is to help in preventing spinal damage and other related conditions in future for the kids.
Some parents have complained about their children carrying weighty bags to school Concerned about producing a generation of children with hunched backs and other spine problems, India has denounced schools for making students carry heavy school bags and giving young children homework.
The government has issued weight guidelines for school bags depending on a child’s age, citing studies that show how the load can affect soft, developing spines.
One survey done by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India found that 68 percent of pre-teen children might suffer from mild back pain, which can develop into chronic back pain, and later into a hunchback.
The state of Maharashtra, where Mumbai is located, mandates that the weight on the bag should not exceed 10 percent of the child’s body weight. Many schools there have started using white boards and projectors to ensure text books are not required to be carried to school.
The federal circular also suggests that no homework be assigned to kids in grades 1 and 2 which will also ensure they don’t need to carry books home.
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