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Students won’t carry books to school from Aug 1

By Our Correspondent
June 23, 2024
The picture shows students walking towards their school. — Online/File
The picture shows students walking towards their school. — Online/File

Islamabad : From the upcoming month of August, the students of government primary schools in Islamabad Capital Territory will no longer need to carry textbooks to and from school.

Instead, classrooms will be equipped with pigeon holes and book racks to store the books, creating a convenient and child-friendly learning environment, according to education secretary Mohyuddin Ahmad Wani.

“This initiative aims to reduce the weight of heavy school bags and promote a healthier and happier learning experience,” he insisted. The secretary said that the ministry had been working on that policy for over a month and was finalising arrangements before the schools reopened in August after the summer break.

He said that the decision was expected to positively impact students and bring smiles to their faces. Two years ago, the Federal Directorate of Education launched a bag-free policy in over 120 schools and colleges in the city, with the objective of reducing the burden of heavy school bags. Under the initiative, students were allowed to carry only two notebooks and a diary to their classrooms. The policy was first implemented in 20 model colleges-cum-schools and later expanded to all primary schools in the city.