July 25, 2009 12:02:40 am
Here is a school that has taken a unique initiative to lighten the load of students. St Josephs Girls Convent School,Khadki,has gone that extra mile to ensure students have an incentive to actually bring less number of books to school every day.
All students who bring lightweight bags will get extra marks in the final exams,which could be even up to 10. The students have to bear in mind that they should only bring notebooks and textbooks required on that particular day, said the school principal Sister Yohanna.
In fact,during a parent- teacher association meeting a fortnight back,she had told about 2,000 parents not to load the children with heavy bags. It affects their personality. When they grow up,their hunch will be palpable, she had said then,but it hardly made any impact.
Now,with the incentive of getting up to 10 extra marks,the school authorities are convinced that they will see some positive action from the side of the parents. The decision was prompted after an on-the-spot inspection by the principal of school bags being brought by the children. Sister Yohanna found bags of all sizes,shapes,colours and weights. Some bags were such that even adults will find them difficult to hold for long.
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The weight of bags was much heavier than the collective weight of the books, Sister Yohanna said. It seems the parents are not concerned about the heavy load of bags that have the propensity to damage the backs of their children, she said.
The principal has also decided to offer incentives to teachers who took steps to ‘downsize’ their student bags. After my inspection,I am sure some teachers will respond. I will announce the incentive scheme for teachers in the next PTA meeting, she said.
The school,she hopes,would set a trend in Pune one that would be followed by other schools as well to address a serious issue that could impair the health of the next generation.
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