Friday 2 December 2016

Pupils bear burden despite high-tech times

Published 30/08/2016 | 02:30

'Today, the cream of our youth will make their way back to school with varying degrees of enthusiasm. And one more time they and their parents will wince at the hefty load of schoolbooks the pupils must cart upon their young backs'. Stock photo.
'Today, the cream of our youth will make their way back to school with varying degrees of enthusiasm. And one more time they and their parents will wince at the hefty load of schoolbooks the pupils must cart upon their young backs'. Stock photo.

Today, the cream of our youth will make their way back to school with varying degrees of enthusiasm. And one more time they and their parents will wince at the hefty load of schoolbooks the pupils must cart upon their young backs.

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We are constantly reminded about how we live in an era of high-technology. Many of us go about each day with a mobile phone in our pockets which has more computer power than the mainframe computer which did the entire civil service payroll calculations a generation ago.

By contrast, the pupils' schoolbags have continued to increase in weight over that same timespan. We cannot really blame the schools or the teachers here.

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