Home work strat­egy to re­duce school bag weight

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Kan­glung Pri­mary School in Trashigang has adopted a home­work pol­icy to un­bur­den stu­dents from heavy school bags.

It was learnt that car­ry­ing heavy school bags is men­tally and phys­i­cally detri­men­tal for stu­dents.

Kan­glung Pri­mary School Prin­ci­pal San­gay Dorji said: “We have adopted the home­work strat­egy for stu­dents. Now, stu­dents are given only two home­works a day and they can keep the rest of books in their re­spec­tive class­rooms.”

He added that re­duc­ing the num­ber of home works has en­cour­aged stu­dents to learn.

He also said that though the class­rooms do not have shelves to keep books, student uses their re­spec­tive desks to keep their books. “But we are plan­ning to pro­vide book shelves for each class­room as soon as pos­si­ble.”

An­other teacher said that they have also told stu­dents to use thin note­books.

Sonam, a student from the school said that with the ini­tia­tive, the weight of their school bags has re­duced.

“There was a time when we use to get home­work for all the sub­jects but for now we get home­work for only two sub­jects and we keep rest of the books in our re­spec­tive class­rooms,” said Sonam.

An­other student said that car­ry­ing heavy school bags ex­hausted her. “By re­duc­ing the weight of our school bags we can con­cen­trate bet­ter in the class.”

A mother of two from Khangma said that when stu­dents have to carry heavy bags, it leads to loss of in­ter­est to learn. “Heavy school bags dis­cour­age stu­dents to go to school.”

She said that par­ents who own a car can drop and pick up their chil­dren but for the par­ents like her who do not, the home­work pol­icy is a timely mea­sure.

Mean­while, San­gay Dorji said that re­search has shown that stu­dents car­ry­ing heavy school bags can suf­fer neck and back pain and shoul­der strain.

“We have planned to come up with other strate­gies like equip­ping class­rooms with lock­ers and shelves, re­duc­ing the num­ber of note­books and en­cour­ag­ing the stu­dents to buy slim note­books,” he added.

Kan­glung Pri­mary School 360 stu­dents.

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