November 21 will be a fun-filled day for all school students across south Mumbai as they will be going to school without their school bags. Raising concerns over heavy school bags and with a view to inculcate reading habits with school pupils, the education officer of the school education department (South zone) has declared November 21 as a ‘No School Bag Day ‘.
Schools have been asked to participate in the event and discuss with their staff on how to reduce the weight of schools bags and use innovative teaching methods and keep school notebooks away for a day.
According to education department officials, classrooms will witness innovative teaching methods which will not only facilitate experiential learning but also enable better understanding of a students’ capability by teachers, with more time for interaction. Schools have also been instructed to organise educational quizzes, group discussions, and learn to use library resources better.
The event is being organised under the Rashtriya Madhymik Shikshan Abhiyan (RMSA) . A lso known as National Mission for Secondary Education, it is a centrally sponsored scheme of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, for the development of secondary education in public schools throughout India.
“Children today carry bags that are nearly 30-40 per cent of their body weight, whereas, according to guidelines, bags must weigh no more than 10 per cent of their body weight. Another issue was how to attract more students to the library and make them read more books other than their textbooks,” said BB Chavan, education inspector (South). Principal of Parel Municipal School, Ratnakar Badwe, said, “We will ask students to spend time in the library and read different books that interest them and write a short note on what they read. We have informed all the students to carry only lunch box to school on November 21.”