Ease students’ burden, have lockers in school

By Fahad Al Ghadani — MUSCAT: Feb. 22 – In a measure aimed at easing some weight off the shoulders of students, the Ministry of Education (MoE) has asked schools to install lockers for students of Grade 1 to 4 so that they need not carry heavy load every day. According to a top official in the ministry, the circular was sent out by the ministry to all the government schools asking them to take steps to reduce the weight of school bags.
The circular dwelt on school bags and the quantum of homework given to students.
Hamoud bin Khalfan al Harthy, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Education, while confirming the news to the Observer, said the circular “wasn’t a decision, but an advice from the ministry”.
“We usually send out messages to parents for the children’s benefit. The Ministry of Education’s advice to school managements is to adopt measures to reduce the weight of school bags. Installation of lockers is one such idea. However, it’s the school which will take the decision depending on its budget and space,” said Al Harthy.
Keeping lockers depends on the space allocated for each student for keeping his/her books inside.
Students are supposed to carry home only the homework books and the remaining can be kept in the school locker.
Al Harthy said the ministry has also asked the school teachers to reduce the amount of homework given to students so that it reduces the load of carrying books home every day.
“Limiting homework to one subject will result in student carrying just one book home,” said Al Harthy.