Authorities unmindful as children must lug heavy bags to school

In August last year, an expert committee submitted its report to the government recommending ways to reduce the weight of bags small children need to carry every day to their schools.

Syed Rizwan Geelani
Srinagar, Publish Date: Sep 21 2018 9:47PM | Updated Date: Sep 21 2018 9:47PM
Authorities unmindful as children must lug heavy bags to schoolRepresentational Pic

More than a year after a governmental committee suggested lessening the burden of school bags for children, the school education department has not implemented its recommendations.

In August last year, an expert committee submitted its report to the government recommending ways to reduce the weight of bags small children need to carry every day to their schools. 

But its recommendations have not been implemented by the school education department as the report gathers dust while private schools continue to force children to carry heavy bags on their tender shoulders.

Director school education Kashmir (DSEK), G N Itoo said no instructions were issued from the government regarding heavy weight of school bags.

“The report is still with government and we have not received any instructions regarding it. Once the government takes a call, same will be conveyed to the management of private schools,” Itoo said.

During the PDP led coalition government, a four member committee was constituted in 2017, which was tasked to suggest “possible measures” to help reduce weight of school bags for children.

The committee was headed by chairman Board of School Education (BSOE) Veena Pandita and other members of the committee included former head of the department of sociology department A G Madhosh and two retired Principals, Nusrat Andrabi and Abdul Jabbar.

Their report was submitted in October last year for implementation but the department shelved the issue for unknown reasons.

The government had promised the recommendations put forth by the committee would be examined and implemented from next academic session which commended from November.

Ironically, the academic session is over but the department is yet to implement the committee report.

“Now, this was the right time to take a decision as new academic session is likely to start after one or two months. Private schools should be conveyed the instruction regarding the issue so that they will frame the syllabus accordingly as per the convenience of the students,” said Muhammad Ehsan, a parent, adding delay will cost students’ health dearly.

Itoo, the director of DESK said a team was supposed to visit government-run schools in New Delhi last year, but the proposal was left midway after the Governor’s rule was imposed in the state.

The team was supposed interact with the officials in New Delhi’s education department and compile a report for implementation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Latest News

  1. An MLA was told to be part of govt or prepare for arrest by NIA: Omar Abdullah on horse-trading
  2. An MLA was told to be part of govt or prepare for arrest by NIA: Omar Abdullah on horse-trading
  1. Disgruntled Muzaffar Baig holds meeting with Mehbooba Mufti
  2. Disgruntled Muzaffar Baig holds meeting with Mehbooba Mufti
  1. Vijay Mallya must be extradited: London court
  2. Vijay Mallya must be extradited: London court
  1. BJP built tallest statue of Patel, but could not construct Ram temple: Omar Abdullah
  2. BJP built tallest statue of Patel, but could not construct Ram temple: Omar Abdullah
  1. RBI Governor Urjit Patel quits
  2. RBI Governor Urjit Patel quits
  1. Former MLA Tangmarg Abbas Wani resigns from PDP
  2. Former MLA Tangmarg Abbas Wani resigns from PDP
  1. Renowned historian and former Jamia Millia VC Mushirul Hasan passes away
  2. Renowned historian and former Jamia Millia VC Mushirul Hasan passes away
  1. JRL writes to UN chief, urges him to establish commission of inquiry into Kashmir rights abuses
  2. JRL writes to UN chief, urges him to establish commission of inquiry into Kashmir rights abuses
  1. Human Rights Day: Mirwaiz seeks help of world community to end Kashmir rights violations
  2. Human Rights Day: Mirwaiz seeks help of world community to end Kashmir rights violations
  1. On Human Rights Day, relatives of disappeared persons protest in Srinagar
  2. On Human Rights Day, relatives of disappeared persons protest in Srinagar
  1. India test fires Agni-V missile
  2. India test fires Agni-V missile
  1. Kushwaha quits NDA, resigns as Minister
  2. Kushwaha quits NDA, resigns as Minister
  1. Woman dies after falling from Ferris wheel at UP fair while clicking selfie
  2. Woman dies after falling from Ferris wheel at UP fair while clicking selfie
  1. Two drug peddlers arrested in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri
  2. Two drug peddlers arrested in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri
  1. Modi govt considers farmers as liability: Rahul Gandhi
  2. Modi govt considers farmers as liability: Rahul Gandhi
  1. JRL calls shutdown in poll-bound areas of Kashmir on Tuesday
  2. JRL calls shutdown in poll-bound areas of Kashmir on Tuesday
  1. BJP expels dissident leader after SC junks his plea against governor’s decision to dissolve JK legislative assembly
  2. BJP expels dissident leader after SC junks his plea against governor’s decision to dissolve JK legislative assembly
  1. Indian diplomat walks out of SAARC meeting in Pakistan over PaK minister's presence
  2. Indian diplomat walks out of SAARC meeting in Pakistan over PaK minister's presence
  1. UP woman locked inside home by son, dies of hunger: police
  2. UP woman locked inside home by son, dies of hunger: police
  1. Clashes erupt in Hajin after burial of slain teenage militants
  2. Clashes erupt in Hajin after burial of slain teenage militants
  1. Thousands attend funeral of slain teenage militants in north Kashmir’s Hajin
  2. Thousands attend funeral of slain teenage militants in north Kashmir’s Hajin
  1. SC dismisses former BJP legislator's plea challenging dissolution of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly
  2. SC dismisses former BJP legislator's plea challenging dissolution of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly
  1. India beat Australia by 31 runs in Adelaide Test
  2. India beat Australia by 31 runs in Adelaide Test
  1. Brexit deal: Theresa May faces fight for her political life on Tuesday
  2. Brexit deal: Theresa May faces fight for her political life on Tuesday
  1. Role of military limited, solution of Kashmir issue only through politics: Army commander
  2. Role of military limited, solution of Kashmir issue only through politics: Army commander
  1. Kashmir shuts on JRL call against human rights violations
  2. Kashmir shuts on JRL call against human rights violations
  1. Pakistan continues to harbour militants that turn around and kill American soldiers: Nikki Haley
  2. Pakistan continues to harbour militants that turn around and kill American soldiers: Nikki Haley
  1. 'I can't breathe', Jamal Khashoggi's last words at Saudi consulate
  2. 'I can't breathe', Jamal Khashoggi's last words at Saudi consulate
  1. Mughal road, Srinagar-Leh highway closed after fresh snowfall in Kashmir
  2. Mughal road, Srinagar-Leh highway closed after fresh snowfall in Kashmir
x
This site uses cookies to deliver our services and to show you relevant news and ads. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Service.That's Fine