A POLITICAL party conducted a survey of school children’s backpacks and found most of them are too heavy. The DAB tested bookbags from 969 students in all 18 districts and found that 83 percent of those bags weigh more than what is recommended by the Department of Health.
The average weight of all the bookbags was 4.9kg. According to the Department of Health, students’ bags should not weigh more than 10 percent of their weight.
DAB member Vincent Cheng Wing-shun (鄭泳舜) pointed out that the problem might be caused by textbooks having too much information and thus become too heavy. He recommended publishers to simplify the textbooks. He also suggested that the Department of Education should subsidise schools to share textbooks – that schools should buy and store the textbooks so that students do not need to carry so many around.
(This article is published on Goodies on 04 October 2017)