IMPHAL, Oct 26 - During an interaction with high school students in Thoubal district today, Manipur Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam collected first-hand information on the ‘No School Bag Day’ policy (on Saturdays), that was introduced in the State recently.
The minister spent time with students of the Wangkhem Junior High School as part of the policy, stated a DIPR, Manipur, press release. He said that the policy has been implemented with the objective of making school a more joyful place of learning and teaching, the release added.
Reacting to the minister’s query on the introduction of the new policy, the students said that they feel free and comfortable while coming to school without their school bags. They also said that co-curricular activities have helped them overcome stage fright and learn more about debate, extempore, dance and sports.
The Education Minister added that the policy would help build a positive culture among students, provide a platform for innovative ideas and reduce the stress and harmful effects of carrying heavy school bags by young children.
The ‘No School Bag Day’ is being implemented by the Department of Education (Schools), Manipur, on all working Saturdays in respect of students of classes I to VIII in all schools of the State.
Later, the ministerial team, accompanied by Zonal Education Officer A Anilkumar and other officials, visited the Chaoyaima Higher Secondary School, Thoubal, where the 40th district and zonal-level science exhibition for schoolchildren was held under the theme, ‘Science and technology for sustainable development’.