Manipur Government’s ‘No School Bag Day’ initiative has been receiving good response from students, some schools authorities and parents. The education department of Manipur recently decided to enforce a ‘No School Bag day’ on all working Saturdays for students of Classes 1 to 8, including the government, government-aided, and private schools, in a bid to promote other skills apart from textbooks.
‘For so many years, we have been carrying bags. The bags are heavy, but we get used to carrying bags. Now we don’t have to carry bags on Saturdays. We thank the government,’ said an eighth standard student.
The decision was taken after considering the long term physical and mental effects of carrying heavy school bags every day by young students, who can go through inconveniences, health problems and discomforts, and to make schools more conducive and a joyful place for learning. ‘The world is changing so fast; we must give some liberty to children. After due consideration, the education department took the decision,’ stated Chief Minister N Biren Singh.
He further added, ‘The students of the primary and mid-level school are often found engaged in routine work related to the school curriculum, additional homework and assignments. This leaves young boys and girls with little time for other activities, including games, sports, extra co-curricular activities that help personality development.’
The government has also directed schools to ensure students take part in extra co-curricular activities, games and sports, recreation, and make the school a more joyful place for learning on all working Saturdays.