Rajasthan Puts Students' Well-Being First, Makes Saturday No-Bag Day To Focus On Happiness
Students, even at a young age are under a lot of stress these days. The amount of pressure that is put on them by the family, teachers and the society at large to be the best is something that takes a toll on their overall well being.
In the mad rush between tuition classes to school and more tuition classes and home works, others like little to no attention is given for extracurricular activities and their other interests.
Now Rajasthan has come up with a unique concept that other states can also follow.
On Thursday, while delivering his budget speech, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said that Saturdays will be ‘No-Bag Day’ for students of government schools across the state.
According to Gehlot, there would be no studies on Saturdays, activities related to happiness therapy, literature, and culture, sports, personality development, moral values, scout, tips to stay healthy, etc shall be organised for the students.
Also, parent-teacher meetings would be held on Saturdays to enable the school teachers to update the parents on their wards' academic performance.
In November the Rajasthan School Education department decided to introduce integrated books in primary classes, with an aim to reduce the weight of school bags.
These integrated books, called ‘Aao Khelen’ will have the subjects of English, Hindi, and Maths of Class I and II divided into three parts chapter-wise. Part one of all the subjects will be unified in one book and a similar pattern will be followed in the other two parts as well. Similarly, books of Class III of English, Hindi, Mathematics, and Environment have been divided into three parts and each part is consolidated in one book.
According to a 2018 study, students in India are under stress unlike ever before. Psychological concerns in children are on the rise, especially behavioural issues and suicides. 12 percent of Indian students between the age of 4 and 16 suffer from psychiatric disorders.
20 percent show signs of mental disorders, out of which 2-5 percent have serious concerns like autism or bipolar disorder. Another study had found that every day, 6.23 students commit suicide due to peer pressure.
Academic stress also could cause other mental health issues like anxiety, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, etc. Mental health experts have warned that this is a crisis that is waiting to explode if it is not taken care of.
Many have also pointed out that how parents ignoring the behavioural changes of their children could deepen the crisis.
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