THE image of young children lugging heavy school bags is a common one across Pakistan.

From elite private schools to government schools, nearly all educational institutions in this country seem to insist that these young ones carry such heavy burdens.

However, as medical specialists have pointed out, heavy school bags are taking a major toll on children's health.

The KPK government has taken a positive step  in this regard by calling for the formation of a working group to look into the matter of heavy school bags and the effects this has on children's health.

Indeed, in this day and age, when nearly everything has gone ''digital'' there need to be out-of-the-box solutions to lessen children's load.

Many elite private schools already send homework through emails and apps, yet still make children carry a heavy load of books on their backs. Perhaps more digital solutions and a sensible schedule for carrying only required books can address the problem.

Lockers may also be helpful.

Public schools - lacking the advanced technologies of their more well-resourced private counterparts - must also be helped by the state to introduce classroom technologies that can reduce the load in children's backpacks and prevent the need to carry heavy textbooks.

Indeed, with the involvement of educators, medical professionals and the government, it is hoped that a solution can be reached that reduces the weight of school bags and ensures a healthy future for the coming generations.

The World Students Society agrees and thanks author Hamalla Shah, Karachi.


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