LIMIT THE SCHOOL BAG WEIGHT

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All school going children are daily subjected to physical trauma by carrying heavy bags to school ,the weight of which exceeds 20-30 percent of their body weights .This is much higher than the recommended norms of 10% of body weights (ACCORDING TO SCHOOL BAG ACT 2006) .This is also in violation  of section29 OF RIGHT TO EDUCATION ACT which states that the curriculum by prescribed academic authority should make child free from fear ,trauma and anxiety .Carrying Heavy bags  leads to both short term and long term documented physical trauma to children  as back,shoulder pain ,tingling ,numbness weakness in hands ,headache ,poor posture,kyphosis ,scoliosis ,stunted bone growth ,.Government of  Maharastra has already put a cap on school bag weight to 10% of body weight and notifications have been issued to all schools .However ,in Chandigarh there is no implementation of this Act .So it is requested that the higher authorities as DPI (schools ) and Principals of schools  work towards curbing the school bag weights as per recommended  norms and save children from the health hazards .



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