Lockers only partial solution

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 03 December, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 03 December, 1994, 12:00am

NOBODY can deny that students from primary four to secondary three, have schoolbags which are far too heavy.

This is a problem, because some young people are permanently injured, because of an abnormal growth of their backbones.

The Government has recognised this is a problem and has proposed that more lockers will be provided in schools for students to use. However, this offers only a partial solution.

While at school, the locker is perfect, because students can store those large books which cause the damage. But once they leave school, the students have to take these books back home to do homework and then bring them back to school the next day.

What has to be done is to reduce the weight of schoolbags as such, so that injuries to backbones are prevented. Youngsters, after all, are Hong Kong's future.

Teachers should provide students with notes during lessons, so that they can study from these notes at home rather than having to take seven or eight books home each day. Each lesson probably only refers to a few pages of a heavy textbook.

A more judicious juggling of timetables, could ensure that students do not have to lug such a large number of heavy books to school each day.

I am sure that Education Department officials can think of ways to ensure that schoolbags become a lighter load in future.

NG YUK-FONG New Territories