Saturday 20 January 2018

Let's lighten the load on our children and put focus on digital education

Children are expected to lug heavy bags to school five days a week.
Children are expected to lug heavy bags to school five days a week.

Ita O'Kelly

If the average employee, weighing around 65kg, was asked to carry a bag on their back containing their work kit, weighing in at 21kg or so, there would an outcry, and rightly so.

My daughter, who has just started secondary school, is struggling terribly with the weight of her school bag. So am I.

Weighing almost 11kg, her backpack weighs around a third of her body weight. Put simply, she is unable to physically carry it.

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