Nasik: It’s time for the civic education department to take action against city schools not complying with the state government’s resolution of putting a cap on the weight of school bags at 10% of the body weight of the student.
After the state government passed the resolution on the ideal weight of school bags in July this year, the education department got into action. It issued circulars to schools directing them to comply with the state government’s resolution to cut down the weight of school bags this academic year. The last day for compliance was November 30 when the department issued reminders to schools.
A similar government resolution (GR) was passed earlier as well but there was no clarity on the exact weight to be carried by the student. With the specific weight mentioned in the recent GR, the education departments across the state were instructed to keep a vigil on compliance.
Ruchika Patil, whose children are studying in a renowned English medium city school, said the school has taken some steps in this regard. “The school has made some changes in the timetable owing to which the weight of the school bag has reduced,” said Patil. Prabhakar Jaybhave, another parent whose son is studying in the primary section of a school, said the school has provided lockers.
Administrative officer of the NMC’s education department Umesh Dongre said, “November 30 was the last day for schools to make provisions for following the government GR. We have sent reminders to them and from December 1, we will check if the schools are following the directives.”