Georgia takes action to reduce the weight of students’ heavy school bags

books 400The Georgian Education Minister has pledged to introduce new legislation to improve the health and wellbeing of the country’s school pupils.

Concerned over the weight of school bags that students have to carry – in some cases, up to nine kilograms – Minister Alexander Jejelava said that from the beginning of the 2017 school year, a weight limit will be introduced.

The issue has been considered on several occasions in the past, but the Education Ministry has not taken any action over the problem until now.

As yet, there are no details of exactly how the reduction of bag size will be achieved, but there is speculation that homework book sizes will be reduced and large textbooks will be confined to the classroom – while teachers may encourage more use of internet sources for homework.


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