Manipur Declares ‘No School Bags’ On Saturdays For Students In Classes 1st To 8th

Everyone has a bitter-sweet memory of their school life and most of us would agree that those where the best days of our lives. However much we loved going to school, the heavily loaded bags were always our enemies. This was especially true on Saturdays when we’d wish it was all play and no study. After all, Saturdays were probably the only day when we were taught life skills, art and crafts and did what we love the most.

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Well, in a bid to promote other skills apart from textbook learning, the Manipur government have come up with a novel idea. The education department of Manipur recently decided to free the kids from the burden of heavy backpacks on all working Saturdays to help them discover the skills they want to master. The government enforced a ‘No School Bag day’ for students of classes 1 to 8. This includes government schools, government-aided, and even private schools!

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This will ensure means that students don’t carry backpacks on Saturdays and the school authorities are advised to stress on extra-curricular activities, sports, crafts and recreational activities to make the day less mundane.

Manipur CM, N Biren Singh said:

“The world is changing so fast, we must give some liberty to children. After due consideration, the education department took the decision.”

Reportedly, the decision was taken after considering the long term physical and mental effects of carrying heavy school bags to school every day. Kids have to go through a lot of inconveniences, health problems and discomforts at an early age. This move will make schools more conducive to learning and a joyful environment for kids.

Netizens are applauding the decision:

Well, the Manipur government’s decision is indeed a welcome move. It will not only help in the overall development of a child but will also help them discover their inner talent in an early stage so that they have enough time to polish their skills and prepare for the world.

Great going, Manipur!

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