Schools should eliminate heavy schoolbags as it's a serious threat to your child’s health.
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Schools should eliminate or reduce heavy school bags as it is causing serious health issues in children.
According to experts, the maximum weight a child should carry is one tenth (10%) of their body weight.
Every bone has a growth centre or points from which growth of the bone takes place as per the age. Carrying excess weight could damage these growth centres leading to stunted or abnormal growth of the bones of the child.
As per a survey conducted by the Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry in 2016, almost 68% school children under the age of 13 face the risk of backaches and hunchbacks by carrying heavy backpacks.
There are numerous articles and schools of thought about this topic, I am including some links to an article that addresses the details of this issue. http://www.thehealthsite.com/parenting/childrens-health-parenting/the-ill-effects-of-carrying-heavy-schoolbags/
A great initiative taken by a school in kerala, No Schoolbags: An Attempt at Unburdening Kids https://www.thequint.com/india/2016/03/03/no-schoolbags-a-kerala-schools-attempt-at-unburdening-kids
As a parent and on behalf of other concerned parents,I request you to come forward and sign this petition, So that schools as well as the MHRD takes measures to ensure that school bags are of manageable weight.
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