Govind Singh Dotasara, Rajasthan Education Minister launched a state-wide pilot project aimed at reducing the weight of children’s school bags on Wednesday from Jaipur.
Dotasara said the textbooks’ weight has been reduced by two-third while addressing a gathering at the Government Higher Secondary School in Vatika.
Rajasthan is the first state in the country to take an initiative to reduce the school children’s burden.
Students will now have to carry only one book instead of several ones of the same subject, he added.
During the event, the education minister also distributed new books to children of classes one to five.
- The weight of old books of students of class 1 was 900 grams, which has now been reduced to 400 grams
- The weights of books for classes one to five have been reduced from 5 kg 900 grams to 2 kg 200 grams.
He also said that the state government has started this process of reducing the children’s burden on an experimental basis by selecting one school each in 33 districts of the state.
Under this initiative the two-third weight of school bags from classes one to five has been successfully reduced.
The outcome of the project will be constantly checked and if it yields a positive result the project will be implemented in the entire state for all classes from 1 to 12.
The minister also urged from the private schools to adopt the initiative to reduce weight of textbooks.