Kerala

Steps taken to reduce weight of school bags, govt. tells HC

The State government has informed the Kerala High Court that it has taken steps, including reduction of volumes of textbooks, to bring down the weight of school bags of students in government and aided schools.

In an affidavit, the government said the textbook officer had taken steps to reduce the volumes of the books as part of implementing an order of the State Human Rights Commission.

Textbook volumes

As a result, the textbooks were being printed in three volumes.

In fact, the SCERT had modified the syllabus in such a fashion that each volume had only 60 pages. In each term, the students need to carry only one textbook having 60 pages in each subject, considerably reducing the weight of the school bags.

Besides, it had directed the headmasters to see that the school bags being brought to the school were made of light materials. They had also been directed to make provision for drinking water in the school so that students need not bring water bottles.

They had also been instructed to reduce the weight, size, and pages of notebooks as per the need of the students and the class teachers asked to check the bags to ensure that they did not bring unnecessary items to schools, the government added.

The affidavit was filed in response to a public interest litigation filed by Jessy Joseph seeking to ensure that no school student carried school bags heavier than 10% of their body weight.

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