PB: Reduce student’s bag weight
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.