NAGPUR: The issue of heavy schoolbags for school going kids has been a matter of debate for the past decade or so. However, no conclusion has been reached in this regard. But now with a 12 year old from Nagpur taking up the battle, this issue might reach a conclusion once and for all.
Rugved Raikwar, kicked off the protest against heavy schoolbags on 2nd October at city's Sanvidhan Chowk. Despite the high court̢s directives of keeping the weight of schoolbags less than 10% of the body weight of the student, the government hasn̢t taken any action in this regard.
Rugved, who studies at Vidyaniketan School in Chandrapur, had earlier talked to the media persons and shared the plight of school students who carry heavy bags filled with a large number of books to school every day.
He highlighted that the students are facing issues such as backaches, spondylosis, neck pain and other orthopedic problems due to the weight of these bags.
Rugved said that he has already written to the state̢s Chief Minister seeking intervention in the issue.
"Rugved Raikwar goes to a CBSE school. Therefore, we cannot exercise any authority and dictate terms. CBSE decides what books to prescribe to affiliated schools. We have no say in that. Rugved is a child and we are worried about him. I have directed my local officials to immediately visit the spot and get in touch with him. We will listen to what he has to say and do the best possible from our side," Vinod Tawade, the state̢s education minister was quoted.