The state government informed the High Court Wednesday there had been around 87 per cent compliance in terms of ensuring that schoolchildren carry lighter school bags in compliance to a government resolution on the weight of school bags.
According to the resolution, the state had put a cap on the weight of school bags at 10 per cent of the student’s body weight. The government pleader submitted a chart revealing that 2,463 officers inspected 17,235 schools and checked bags of 3,94,299 children. Of them, 3,44,820 bags weighed in accordance to the rules laid down by them. “There is 87.45 per cent compliance by us,” said the government pleader.
A bench of Justice A S Oka and Justice A A Sayyed was hearing a public interest litigation by Swati Patil on reducing the weight of school bags and direction to implement an older government resolution, which provides for lockers being made available for children in school, a single notebook for joint subjects like algebra and geometry and keeping books for subjects like drawing, work experience, physical education and computers at school.
“There has been substantial compliance by the government. The number of books that needs to be carried by the children should be decided by academicians,” said the court.
During the last hearing, the court had directed the state not to insist that children do not carry water bottles. The state said it is complying with this direction.