Its school time, students have to carry the heavy bags to school. A Kerala school put a period to carrying heavy bags to school. Its initiation starts last year, the GM Upper Primary School in Kattampally send a van to pick-up points to collect school bags from children who are unable to take the bus service due to financial problems.
Children no need to carry the heavy loaded bags and can walk freely to school. According to the headmistress Gangabai N, nearly 300 students are availing this facility.
This move is encouraging the students to rely less on vehicles and more on walking. Fathimathul Rafa, a student of class VII, told TOI, “It’s fun walking without a bag”.
Students can pick their bags as soon as they reach the school. Transport in-charge N M Ravi, the teacher behind the initiative, told TOI, “We introduced the facility last year… as many students found it difficult to carry heavy bags to school.”
It first started to charge Rs 15 to Rs 20 per student in order to meet the costs of the operation, but the school is currently providing the service for free. The drop-off facility is not yet available, students have to carry their bags while going back home. The school has said the move wasn’t made due to confusion regarding dropping off points for the bag.