Readers only offer: Get additional Rs 200 off on 'The Better Home' powerful natural cleaners. Shop Now
In Kerala, Kids Walk Light to This School, Their Heavy Bags Get a Ride!
Photo for representational purposes only. Source: Wikimedia

In Kerala, Kids Walk Light to This School, Their Heavy Bags Get a Ride!

300 pupils of a primary school in Kerala are making the most of their schools pick-up and drop-off bag service!

Ad Banner

A primary school in Kerala is easing the heavy loads off of its pupils, literally, by picking their school bags up in the mornings and dropping them off at their school.

In an initiative aimed at encouraging more children to walk to school and discouraging dependency on vehicles, GM Upper Primary School in Kattampally sends a special van to pick up the bags from a designated point and brings them to school, free of charge.

Photo for representational purposes only. Source: Wikimedia

N M Ravi, the teacher behind the initiative, said to the Times of India, “We introduced the facility last year… as many students found it difficult to carry heavy bags to school.”

Many children are unable to afford the local school bus and have no choice but to walk. With heavy bags on their backs, the journey can often be very uncomfortable. Some children even miss time from school or end up skipping it altogether to avoid having to do it. The initiative aims to help out such children and ensure that they are not over-looked. So far it’s claimed that as many as 300 children have benefited.

In 2016 the Maharashtra state government also raised similar concerns regarding the weight of pupils’ school bags, stating that many children carry too many books to school risking damage to their backs. A system of random checks on the weight of schoolbags was introduced in primary schools by the education department which prescribed weight of bags for classes I to VIII to be between 1,800gm and 3,425gm.

Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us:, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
NEW: Click here to get positive news on WhatsApp!

Let’s be friends :)
Sign in to get free benefits
  • Get positive news daily on email
  • Join our community of positive ambassadors
  • Become a part of the positive movement
Before you go...

We have a favor to ask.

Our teams put in a lot of effort to create the content you love at The Better India.

The Better Home is a range of safe and eco-friendly home cleaners by The Better India. We put out curated content on our Instagram account- green living hacks, green innovations, leading a no-tox life and heroes in the sustainability space.

It would help us if you can follow our Instagram handle and spread the word around.