SAR schools urged to provide lockers
The United States is not the only place where schoolbags have stirred controversy.
In Hong Kong, the weight of schoolbags has caused concern for years.
'Students should be encouraged to develop the habit of packing schoolbags every day and discouraged from bringing toys, magazines and unnecessary items to school,' Cheng Sai-man, principal curriculum planning offer for the Edu cation Department, said.
According to guidelines issued by the depart ment earlier this year, schools should arrange timetables so that students would not have to bring a lot of heavy books and accessories to school every day. It was suggested that schools provide lockers for students to store their things in and drinking water, so that students would not have to carry them from home.
The department also suggested that schools consider the weight of textbooks when choosing them and avoid using too many supplementary materials, such as workbooks and exercise books.