Mumbai: Parents give poor marks to state government over school bags

A day after the Centre asked the states and Union territories to go easy on children over homework and the weight of their school bags, parents and activists in the city said the state government has tough rules on the issue but their implementation continues to be tardy.

Parents say schools ask their children to bring extra books apart from routine timetable as they rush to complete portions. This adds to the load that students are carrying in their bags. The Union human resource development ministry has asked states to come up with norms of their own or follow the Maharashtra or Telangana models.