In a move which hopefully finds takers in all other states, Andhra Pradesh State School Education Department is planning to turn all 161 model schools across the State into student-friendly, tech-driven institutions.
And in a move that is especially interesting, the department intends to provide these students with lockers in their school to ensure that the load that they carry to school each day is reduced considerably.
After all, we have all seen tiny kids carrying bags sometimes heavier than their body weight.
The Principal Secretary of the Education Department, Adityanath Das said, “We all know that a majority of the students are suffering (due to the weight of) heavy and bulky bags. As we can’t stop children from doing homework or carrying books, we want to bring some furniture. We are coming up with full-fledged infrastructure in all government schools – from lockers to toilets, compound walls to shelves etc.
We will spend Rs 1000 crore, and soon these will be ready and students can keep their books in the lockers and take home only what they need. This would cut the burden of carrying heavy bags without affecting their academics. We will make sure that private schools too provide lockers to their students soon,” as reported in Edexlive.
Over the years various organisations have been working to ensure that school students across the country can travel to school light, without burdening their backs.
In this context the story of Rugved Raikwar and his classmate Paritosh of Vidya Niketan School, Mumbai is a very inspiring tale.
The two boys demanded that the weight of the bags they carry to school be reduced and also insisted on holding a press conference to highlight this. During the press conference, the boys also said that if no notice is taken of their plight, they will go on a hunger strike.
The efforts of the two children paid off, and lockers were installed on the school premises for students. With this new development, they were able to leave their textbooks and other study materials at school, instead of lugging them back and forth from home every day in heavy school bags.
You can read all about that in greater detail here.
(Edited by Vinayak Hegde)