Odisha Govt Directs To Check Weight Of School Bags
Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has decided to start inspection of schools to ensure implementation of the guidelines for reduction of school bags of students of class I to class X.
The department of School and Mass Education has asked district collectors and District Education Officers (DEOs) conduct surprise inspections in schools across the state and take stringent action if anyone found violating the rule.
The department swung into action after it found some English medium schools are not following the rules.
The department has also asked to check whether the students are using the books prescribed by the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) and State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT).
The Union Ministry for Human Resource Development in October last year directed all states to draw up guidelines to reduce the weight of schoolbags.
Weight of school bag (As per the order):
Class I and II: Should not be above 1.5 kg
Classes III to V: 2-3 kg
Classes VI-VII: 4 kg
Classes VIII-IX: 4.5 kg
Class X: 5 kg