Which Is Heavier, The Bag Or The Child?

Though no one knows what is in store for the child, he is burdened with the weight of books he is supposed to carry. If carrying books alone can give knowledge, why are some schools having poor pass percentage? Whether the child learns or not, he/she is surely risking healthy growth.

Hyderabad:  Summer holidays which brought cheer to children are over and schools are reopening on Monday. It’s just not the joy of buying bags, books and uniforms for children. More is waiting for them. Once the schools are opened, the weight of school bags is going to bother them more than the home work they have to do. Whether the kid is healthy or not, he/she has to carry the heavy bags. Many times the weight of these bags is more than the child’s weight itself, leading to spinal and other problems. If the school has one or two stairs, the hell a child undergoes is indescribable. The governments are apathetic to the plight of the children. While the Children’s School Bag Act-2006 says that the weight of the books should not be more than 10 percent of a child’s weight, the children are carrying bags which are 100 percent heavy.

While the Act says that the nursery, LKG and UKG children should not carry books, nobody is really bothering about it.

‘Nearly thirty lakh students are studying in 11 thousand schools in the State of Telangana. A lot of schools run classes in two, three storied buildings. This is leading to a lot of problems to the student who carries a heavy load of books.

The School Education Department weighed the books of the students as part of a survey. The department  was shocked to find that the weight of the bags children carry  in various schools was between 15kgs to 25 kgs. The education department estimated that while the weight of a UKG student is 14kgs, the weight of his bag is 3.5 kgs. And the seventh class student is carrying 10kgs weight, while his weight is around 35 kgs.

What does the Act say?

Nursery, LKG, UKG students should not carry school bags. The higher class students should not carry a school bag which is more than 10 percent of their weight.

The schools should guide the parents about the weight of school bag and the books they need to carry regularly.

The government should arrange for lockers for students to keep the books in government schools.

The managements of private schools should arrange for lockers and desks for every student. If these are not arranged or the rules are not followed, legal action should be taken against such schools.

A penalty up to ₹ 3 lakhs can be imposed. If they fail to follow the rules even after imposing a penalty, their recognition should be scrapped.

Doctors say, “If the weight of the bag is more, the physical growth will take a beating. It will impact the growth of bones and muscles. Neck, the upper portion of the spine, and the lower portion get affected leading to pain. The shoulder will not only protrude but also bend. Even the spinal cord is affected. The children will not be able to breathe properly and are attacked by Asthma.”

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Much Pampered Children Of The Rich Are Most Spoiled


Amaravati: The arrest of a senior IAS officer and his son in connection with murder of their driver in Hyderabad brings to the fore once again the mischievous or rather criminal behaviour of some of the much pampered children of the rich families, particularly during the past one decade. Dharavat Venkata Sukruth, son of IAS officer Dharavat Venkateswara Rao, who are now arrested by the Hyderabad police, is not the only son involved in crime or races leading to death in the recent past.

In 2011 December, Komatireddy Venkata Reddy’s son Prateek Reddy, a B Tech first year student, was one among the three, including a son of a DSP, who were killed in a road accident due to over speed of the Skoda Car in which they were travelling. Two months before this, in September 2011, cricketer Mohmmad Azaruddin’s son Mohmmad Ayazuddin died in a road accident. There are several such incidents reported over the years. Ravela Susheel, son of Minister Ravela Kishore Babu was accused in a case of misbehaviour with a woman on the road side.

Bonda Siddharth, son of MLA Bonda Umamaheswara Rao, was arrested in a road accident case in which a youth died. The MLAs another son, Ravi Teja, was accused of taking out a motor cycle rally in Vijayawada in violation of the traffic rules scaring everyone on the road in May 2015. A Congress legislator T Raghumurthy from Karnataka lost his son Abhishek in a road accident near Bengaluru in 2016. Abhishek was celebrating his birthday in the car in a long drive on the highway.

These are only a few names that the VIPs children are involved in accidents or criminal cases. Hyderabad and Bengaluru or any other metropolitan city finds at least one VIP son every day in drunken drive, the cases that go unregistered.

The Hyderabad-IAS officer’s son consumed liquor along with his car driver whom he had later killed following a minor scuffle. When the child killed the driver in an inebriated condition, the father failed to correct it. Rather he had tried to suppress the facts and had even reportedly guided his son to remove the evidences, including the driver’s body.

All this is because of the parents pampering the children or not having a watch on them.  In 1989, Bruce McIntosh coined the term the “spoiled child syndrome”. The syndrome is characterized by “excessive, self-cantered, and immature behavior”.

It includes lack of consideration for other people recurrent temper tantrums, an inability to handle the delay of gratification, demands for having one’s own way, and manipulation to get their way. In the run to be part of the growing global culture or the western culture, the parents are allowing the children to go as they want. The parental watch is missing in all these cases. “Don’t put restrictions on them, they are young”, “Don’t spy on them” and “Let them have fun” are the common statements that these parents make in home, giving a lot of unguarded freedom to the youth.


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