Government schools in Andhra Pradesh will soon start ‘No Bag Day’ programme to decrease the stress of students and implement extra curricular activities for them.
As per the programme, students will be relieved from carrying heavy school bags for a day. This day will be dedicated to extra curricular activities, sports and outdoor games.
The decision was taken after the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry ordered to reduce the weight of school bags carried by children.
Based on the guidelines of the HRD Ministry, the Andhra Pradesh School Education Department implemented the programme to make the students more active.
K. Sandhya Rani, the Commissioner of the School Education Department of AP, said, “We couldn’t implement the HRD ministry guidelines on limiting the weight of the school bags from this academic year as we didn’t receive any instruction from the State government.”
The discussion regarding the No Bag Day programme is still going on, as the authorities are confused whether the programme should be implemented every Saturdays or on two Saturdays of every month.
A senior official of the School Education Department said, “No bag days will make students happier and help them pursue their choice of sport or cultural activity and excel in it.”
Though the authorities planned the programme, an official announcement regarding the same is yet to be made.
If finalised, the School Education Department is expected to implement the programme after the summer vacation ends. The schools in the State will reopen on the 12th of June.
Stay tuned for further updates.