The School Bag Policy 2020 is designed by the Expert Committee and is brought into effect. The expert committee included members from
- the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT),
- Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS), and
- Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
The Expert Group developed a set of questionnaires for –
- School Head
A sample of 352 schools, 2992 parents, and 3624 students were selected as a sample for this study. Due to the scarcity of time, purposive sampling was done by the experts.
According to a circular to the Education Secretaries of All the States and UTs, a new and comprehensive National Curricular Framework (NCF) based on various recommendations on NEP 2020 is also underway. Subsequent to the implementation of the new NCF, the School Bag policy would be suitably modified/revised.
Moreover, one of the pivotal recommendations of the policy is that the school bag for school students from class 1 to 10 should not exceed 10 percent of their body weight. This is a universally accepted weight for school bags.
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) recommended that backpack weight should not exceed 5–10 percent of the child’s body weight. – documented in the School Bag Policy.
Thus, it is requested from all the schools to read and understand the Policy on School Bag comprising of various recommendations, for its effective implementation.
What school management can do?
The School Management can formulate a Task Force who can go through the policy and present the recommendation to the relevant stakeholders.