We are still fed up of seeing the school kids carrying heavy bags to school every day, however children in a south Gujarat village school often attend classes with just one slim volume in their hands!
A 41-year old school principal Anandkumar Khalas of the Bhagad Government Primary School in Bhagad village, has come up with a pragmatic solution to ease the burden. He organised the pages of the syllabus of the primary section into 10 books covering a month of study. So the kids don’t have to carry all the subject textbooks that encompass the whole year’s academic programme.
“My daughter’s burden got me thinking. I used to drop her at the bus stop and realised how heavy her bag was,” said Anandkumar while speaking to a national daily.
“I discussed the problem with fellow teachers such as Alka Patel and decided to tear apart textbooks, taking the portion we are supposed to teach every month from each textbook and stitching the portions together. The later versions have blank pages for classwork,” he added.
Despite the Children’s School Bags (limitation of weight) Bill 2006, school children in India continue to lug around heavy bags to schools.
Anandkumar’s innovative solution has been long due. Let’s hope other schools also take a cue from Anandkumar’s innovative solution to help kids.