Lighten the load for students

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 February, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 27 February, 1995, 12:00am

STUDENTS' schoolbags are getting heavier. Schools and students themselves are to blame.

Students put unnecessary things into their bags, such as comic books and colouring pens. Schools do not arrange their timetables properly, and so students have to bring many different textbooks with them every day.

Pupils are often told to bring an English or Chinese dictionary with them. Both dictionaries are very heavy.

Schools could help alleviate this problem by providing lockers for every student where they could store things like dictionaries and stationary that are used regularly. And teachers could help by not scolding a student who has not been able to bring in a particular textbook because his schoolbag was too heavy.

Students can also help themselves by packing their bag each day, with greater care.

Publishers should also think about trying to reduce the weight of their textbooks by using lighter paper and utilising each page to the full.