Lucknow, May 15: In an attempt to check the dropout rate in primary schools, the Yogi Adityanath government has decided to adopt the joyful learning concept in Uttar Pradesh schools. To begin with, Saturdays will now be a ‘no school bag day’ and children will be encouraged to take part in creative activities.
State Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma said on Friday that school kids will be allowed to come to school without their school bags on Saturdays so that they can participate in extracurricular activities.
It will establish good rapport between students and teachers and help in their personality development, he added. Earlier, the Yogi Adityanath government decided to bid goodbye to the khaki dress worn by students of government schools.
Notably, There are 1.78 crore children studying in 1.68 lakh government schools in 75 districts of the state. These include 1.14 lakh primary schools (class I -V) and 54,000 upper primary schools (class VI-VIII).
As per the Children’s School Bag Act 2006, a schoolbag should not weigh more than 10 per cent of a child’s total body weight. The heavy bags, as per health experts, are a health hazard and detrimental to the normal growth of children. “Heavy school bags cause posture problems. Expert said that Children, under the load on their backs, walk bent which can cause kyphosis (excessive convex curvature of spine).
A recent survey conducted by ASSOCHAM under its Healthcare Committee has found that 68 per cent of school children under the age of 13 years across India may suffer from mild back pain, which can develop into chronic pain and later into hunchback.