GSHSEB to find ways to reduce weight of schoolbags

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) is mulling ways to reduce the weight being carried by students of class 9-12 to their schools and back in forms of books, tiffin box, water bottle and other necessary items.

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has already begun a move to reduce the burden on the schoolchildren.

During the academic committee meeting of the GSHSEB, the issue was discussed and it was suggested that a research should be made to assess the problem and find ways to reduce the burden of schoolbags. Union minister for human resources has also urged all education boards to reduce the usage of notebooks and textbooks to make way for tablets and also provide study materials on websites.

The CBSE-appointed panel has submitted some 40-odd suggestions in this connection. Apart from other suggestions, it recommended that teachers should regularly check the bags of students to stop them from carrying unnecessary things. The committee urged students to carry only light polymer bags than heavy fancy bags.

Some of the members stressed on the need to reduce the schoolbag burden of students of primary classes too.

The academic committee will seek opinion of the academicians, parents and students on whether selection of science, commerce or arts stream should be done from class Xth itself. Sources said that this was the practice in the past and the board wants to revert back to the old system. Currently, CBSE offers selection of stream from class XI.

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