Heavy school bags will end up children  with slouched backs, posture problems

Mumbai : City health experts claim that if children continue to carry heavy school bags can suffer from major diseases in the long run such as spondylitis, slouched back and posture problems.

They added that today’s young children turn up with complains such as neck, back, spine problems and muscle pain. Further, they added that if the current education system doesn’t take an immediate stern action and continues to put huge pressure on children, then it will lead to major physiological and psychological diseases among children.

A recent State government committee report stated that 60 per cent of children under the age group of 10 carry 20-30 per cent heavier bags than their age. Paediatric experts informed that the cases of children turning up with orthopaedic ailments are surging with each passing day which is a serious cause of concern.

Doctors emphasise that the current education system should bring in changes in order to bring ease for children. They ask for a compulsory physical education period which will enable children to be fit and flexible. Also, they ask for a system wherein there the children are provided with better time-table, less books, lockers and technology-method teaching.

Dr Soonu Udani, consultant paediatric at P D Hinduja Hospital, said, “Today’s kids are burdened with heavy school bags which they have to carry back and forth to school. These bags puts huge pressure on childrens’ back and neck which leads to muscle pain and leaves them tired and weak at the end of the day. Teachers should enforce 2-minute exercise before starting a lecture so that the children are active and they do not sit in the same posture for longer time.”

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BMC identifies 0.96% out-of-school kids in city

Mumbai: A survey conducted by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to ascertain out of school children in the city found that 0.96 per cent of kids in Mumbai are out of schools.

The civic body found that a total of 8,126 kids in Mumbai do not go to school. There are a total of 8.66 lakh students in Mumbai’s schools out of which 3.71 lakh study in municipal schools while 4.95 lakh students attend private schools.

The survey of out of school children, conducted on Saturday, registered 4,480 boys and 3,646 girls in Mumbai.

For the 12-hour survey which ended at 7 pm on Saturday, the BMC has deployed 14,124 people for it out of which 11,000 were teachers. Equipped with permanent markers and information forms went to various pockets where an out-of-school child could be found including railway stations, playgrounds, gardens etc. The officials covered all 24 wards of Mumbai and found that the maximum number of out of school kids – 1,137 – were in M (East) ward, which corresponds to Govandi area and the minimum – 64 – were in R(north) ward which corresponds to the Dahisar area.

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Manasi Tahalani

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