Tahlka News Bureau
Lucknow: A great initiative have taken by Uttar Pradesh government for all primary and secondary schools in UP now no more school bags to bring on Saturdays for class 1-12. The BJP government has decided to make Saturday as 'Funday' by involving children into joyful activities.
UP Deputy chief Dinesh Sharma will lead to overall personality development of the child besides developing a positive teacher-student relationship.
Dinesh Sharma, who is also a secondary and higher education minister, said in a meeting held with education officials of UP and Haryana asked students to come without bags on Saturday. "A day without bags in schools is also would give relief to students who carry heavy bags that affect head, neck, trunk and the lower limb, changing the overall posture of their body," this was a common refrain during the meeting.
According to the survey school children carry bags of their body weight about 30-40% whereas according to the guideline bags weight shouldn't no more less than 10% of their body weight.
Although the new idea however hasn't gone down very well with the teachers' association who believe that all play and no work will keep students away from school on Saturday.
"Since there will be no classroom teaching, it may be possible that most parents would not send their kids to school. If it is all about indulging in playful activities, parents would rather keep their kids home,'' said state secretary, UP Madhyamik Shikshak Sangh, RP Mishra.
He added teaching in first half and activities in the second half on Saturday can generate good results as it will serve both the purposes. "Some teaching will happen and at the same time, students will be relaxed," Mishra said.