Weight of school bags and children's health problems.These days children carry heavy school bags which contain text books, note books, instrument box, lunch box, water bottle, home work book, tuition note book and some other things as required. Weight of a bag containing all these may be somewhere near ten kilo gram. We have a 'Right to Education Act' which specifies that the weight of the school bag should be less than 10% of the child's weight. This is not strictly followed by all school authorities.
In a study conducted in the schools in Britain it was seen that children carrying such heavy bags daily were suffering from muscle pains and spinal complaints. In our country also such complaints are reported by parents of such students.
Schools must provide provisions to keep such books, which need not be taken home everyday, in the schools itself. Of course, it must be under safety.