‘Follow guidelines to lessen schoolbag weight’

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‘Follow guidelines to lessen schoolbag weight’

Saturday, 15 February 2020 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR

The State Government on Friday directed the district Collectors to ensure strict implementation of the guidelines for reduction of weights of students’ schoolbags.

In a letter, School and Mass Education Joint Secretary PK Mishra asked the Collectors to constitute special squads to visit schools and verify compliance of the guidelines on an urgent basis.

As per the guidelines, both Government and private schools shall have to set the accurate weight of students’ schoolbags. The Government had earlier issued repeated instructions to the Collectors to constitute squads comprising DEOs or DPCs as its chairman and BEOs, DCPOs, police officers and staff of NGOs as members. The squads are to verify violation of any of the provisions, if any, and submit report to the respective Directorates and he School and Mass Education Department.

However, no action-taken report regarding constitution of the squads and action taken by the same has been received till date, the letter stated.  The department asked the Collectors to furnish required information on formation of squads by February 20 for further necessary action at its level.

Earlier, the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) had issued a circular to all States to regulate the weight of students’ schoolbags.

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