India Bans Homework and Heavy Bags; Should the Philippines Do the Same?
After studying the effects of heavy school bags on the soft, developing backs of young children, India declared a ban on homework and heavy bags for all schools across the country. But should other countries like the Philippines also follow suit?
The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India surveyed 2,500 children and 1,000 parents living in major cities across India. The kids invited to participate in the study range from 7 years old to 13 years old.
It was discovered that based on studies, about 88% of the test subjects carried heavy packs that are as much as 45% of their body weight! About 68% of pre-teen children suffer from mild back pain from carrying heavy backs. This could later develop into chronic back pain that could greatly affect the children.