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School orders teachers to weigh students’ briefcases and places limits on school bag weight

By Mason White 5:11 PM July 27, 2015
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By: Tanya Malhotra
Students are delighted with their school’s new school bag weight limit.

School administrators in India, have put a new school bag limit in place so that children should not carry a bag that exceeds more than 10% of their body weight in a bid to avoid injury.

Maharashtra officials warned that heavy backpacks were tiring children, and damaging their spines and joints.

Teachers are required to weigh the school bags of the students at the end of each class.

The administrators said that children are often under enormous pressure to succeed, and therefore, they carry extra study materials from class to class.

“We found that bags weigh 20 to 30 percent of the children’s body weight because of thick notebooks, textbooks and stationery that are not required for the class,” wrote Nand Kumar.

The school will provide more storage space for books. Students said that they are happy to be carrying lighter school bags.