Committees formed to implement new school bag weight rule
GUWAHATI: The state Elementary Education department has constituted district and block level committees to help implement the new rules regarding the weight of school bags.
As per the new rule, all the government and private schools are mandated to reduce the weight of school bags of the students.
“We have formed a district level committee which will conduct surprise checks in schools to check bag weight. It’s a six-member committee of which the DC is the chairman; inspector of schools has been appointed as the member secretary and it comprises six other members,” Buli Gogoi Bhuyan, district elementary education officer of Kamrup (Metro) told G Plus.
She added that apart from the district level committee, a team at the block level will check the implementation of the new rules in educational institutions at their level and will send regular reports to the district level committee.
The Assam Education department has set a deadline of May 30 for schools to reduce the weight of school bags.
The move follows an order issued by the HRD ministry which has “instructed all the states union territories to formulate guidelines to regulate the teaching of subjects and weight of school bags in accordance with the government of India instructions.”
The weight of the school bags for classes I and II should be 1.5 kg, while for classes III to V the weight should not exceed 2-3 kg. For classes VI to VIII, the weight should be 4 kg, for classes VIII to IX 4.5 kg, and for class X the weight should not exceed 5 kg.