Schools have opened in Jammu after long summer vacation but hardly one see there is any unburdening of the ‘heaviest school bag.’ The move to unburden school bags mooted by the Union government by initiating a pilot project in 25 Kendriya Vidyalayas to provide digital learning to children through tablets could usher in a new method of education with less burden on the shoulders of the small children few years back looks like a utopian dream. Students these days are a part of a “tech savvy” generation that prefers to spend time on gadgets rather than playgrounds. A reform of the existing education system might be a perfect answer to this problem. We still follow age-old education policies and culture. These heavy bags are only a reflection of these stale policies. The modernisation of education needs to go hand-in-hand with appropriate reforms in the education system. Then perhaps these kids can live life with more liberty and fewer burdens. The Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) has directed schools affiliated to it to ensure that students do not carry school bags till Class II and has advised all its affiliated schools to take all possible measures to keep the weight of school bag under control, he added while responding to questions in the Rajya Sabha. Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan has taken a number of steps to promote digital learning in its Vidyalayas. To begin with, all students of Class VIII in 25 Kendriya Vidyalayas (one KV in each region) shall be provided with good quality tablets on pilot basis. The students will use these tablets as also their teachers for Mathematics and Science for enhancing their core skills in these subjects. Unburdening the school bags remains a big question in the education reform map.
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