My daughter got her report card yesterday and today I picked up her books for class IV. Guess how much the entire lot weighs. TEN WHOLE KGS!
Each subject has a textbook, notebook and activity book. And there is a new subject this year - Marathi. Now you may not have to carry every book everyday and some notebooks are for the second term but you know how vague kids are despite having a timetable. My daughter routinely carries extra books for reasons I know not!
Maybe they should ask the contestants on paanchvi pass to carry around one of these bags. Being tez is one part of it, strong shoulders are another!
Incidentally CBSE had acknowledged this school bag issue 4 years ago but many schools haven't implemented the idea of keeping 50% of the books in class. Or providing lockers. It's too much of a headache for the management, I guess!