PB: Re­duce stu­dent’s bag weight

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Lor­raine Mitzi A. Am­brad/GAN

The Cebu Provin­cial Board (PB) has urged the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (DepEd) and the re­spec­tive school di­vi­sions of com­po­nent cities of Cebu Province to im­ple­ment ‘prac­ti­cal mea­sures’ to limit the weight of school bags car­ried by school­child­ren to school.

“It has be­come a com­mon sight in most, if not all, pub­lic and pri­vate el­e­men­tary schools,” wrote the au­thor PB Mem­ber Raul Ba­cal­tos.

For in­stance, eight-year old Jaymes Rhyme Dotil­los car­ries a bag that weighs about five kilo­grams ev­ery day.

His bag con­tains his books and note­books for his eight sub­jects. Although some of his books are sched­uled to be left at home on some days, his mother in­sists that his bag is still too heavy to be car­ried alone by his young son.

The bag’s weight, she said, is also one fac­tor which dis­cour­ages her son from go­ing to school.

This sce­nario is the ba­sis of this res­o­lu­tion ap­proved last Mon­day.

“(School­child­ren) carry back­packs or bags loaded with so many text­books and other sim­i­lar learn­ing ma­te­ri­als, which, when mea­sured to weight, would cer­tainly be too heavy and bur­den­some on the part of the child,” the res­o­lu­tion stated.

In­stead of help­ing the child, the PB ar­gued that this prac­tice may bring more harm to the child’s physique.

“For­eign stud­ies, the prac­tice of car­ry­ing heavy text­books and other school sup­plies can have harm­ful ef­fects on the child’s health if ex­posed to its prac­tice over a long pe­riod of time con­sid­er­ing that his/ her spine lig­a­ments and mus­cles are still not fully de­vel­oped,” it stated.

With this in mind, the PB deemed it “nec­es­sary” that school of­fi­cials and ad­min­is­tra­tion, in co­or­di­na­tion with par­ents, should do some­thing to ad­dress this is­sue.

If left unat­tended, it will even­tu­ally be con­trary to the best in­ter­est of the child.

If ad­dressed now, this mea­sure seeks to help pro­vide cir­cum­stan­tial ad­van­tage to the chil­dren’s learn­ing and devel­op­ment.

If this mea­sure of the PB will be adopted by DepEd, Jaymes’ mother be­lieves that it will put her at ease know­ing her child’s back won’t hurt and he can go to school with­out com­plain­ing about his bag’s weight.

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