The Union Human Resourse Development minister Prakash Javadekar has planned to approach the state government of Maharashtra to address the issue of heavy schoolbags carried by students from Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) affiliated schools as it has been, over the years, an added burden on their growth.
On July 28, School Education Minister Vinod Tawde made an announcement that the weight of school bags of students studying under the state board (SSC) were not heavy due to a resolution passes by the state two years ago following the Bombay High court’s directions. He let out the fact that 94% of school bags in the state are now comparatively much lighter.
Tawde clarified that because CBSE and ICSE affiliated schools do not come under the state’s jurisdiction, there hasn’t been any change in their case. However, he continued, the state government will seek audience with the HRD minister before the end of August to check this issue.
Congress’ Sanjay Dutt also joined the voice by going with the same thought, claiming that heavy schoolbags can result in long-term medical issues as it has been noted by doctors and and hence, has requested the state government to direct the CBSE and other central boards to reduce the weight of school bags and lighten this burden to relieve the children of this avoidable ailment.