Why are school children being forced to carry ‘heavy bags’ – Peshawar High Court begins investigation

PHC summoned private schools authority to voice its concern over the matter

School children of Pakistan are often seen carrying large school backs which are heavy and hard to carry for children of such a young age.

The Peshawar High Court (PHC) is concerned over the matter and has summoned the head of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Private Schools Authority as well as secretary Secondary and Elementary Education to discuss the matter.

The order was issued by a two-judge bench comprising of Justice Qaiser Rashid and Qalandar Ali Khan.

The matter was brought to the court by Moamar Jalal, a lawyer seeking a court order to reduce the weight of school bags as they can cause various health issues in children.

The case has been filed and the lawyer is now seeking the court to order the government to formulate a legislation so the issue can be controlled.

With his case, Moamar Jalal presented a written letter to school principals by a medical superintendent of Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Karachi which warns about medical issues that come with carrying heavy schoolbags.

Various research studies have found enough evidence that carrying heavy school bags can cause back, neck, and shoulder pain for young students.

Jalal has also mentioned in his case that other countries have proper laws that forbid schools from forcing children to carry school bags that are heavier than 10% of the child’s weight.

In most cases in Pakistan, children have to walk quite a bit before they reach school, and most of the times, these children are forced to carry heavy bags themselves.


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