Newmai News Network
Imphal | September 4
The Manipur government has declared "No school bag day" on Saturdays in all categories of schools in the state from Class I to Class VIII.
The "No school bag day" will be enforced in all categories of schools including government, government aided and unaided/private schools.
Students studying in Class 1 to VIII need not carry their bags and books to the schools on every Saturday under the programme.
This notification has been issued regarding the implementation of the programme by state Education (school) department on Tuesday (September 3), an official source said on September 4.
“On all working Saturdays, the students shall not carry any school bag and schools shall ensure taking life skill activities including extra co-curricular activities, games and sports, recreational activities, etc. and make schools a more joyful place of learning,” the Education department stated in the notification.
The state Education department took the decision to implement the programme after having considered the long term physical and mental effects of carrying heavy school bags every school day by the young students reading in Classes I to VIII.
It said that carrying heavy bags every school day caused lots of inconveniences, health problems and discomfort to them (students).
The notification said that it has come to the knowledge of the government that the students in these categories of classes are found to be always engaged with the routine works related to school curriculum/syllabi, additional homework assignments.
This made them finding hard to find any quality time for life skill activities including games and sports, extra co-curricular activities, etc. which can help in their holistic personality development and growth, the notification added.
One objective of the new programme, as maintained in the notification, is to provide a holistic development of the students by making schools a joyful place for learning.
Another objective is to reduce the excessive stress created amongst the students on the one hand and also to make schools a more conducive and joyful place, it added.