IMPHAL, Oct 26 - During an interaction with high school students in Thoubal district today, Manipur Education Minister Thokchom Radheshyam collected first-hand information on the �No School Bag Day� policy (on Saturdays), that was introduced in the State recently.
The minister spent time with students of the Wangkhem Junior High School as part of the policy, stated a DIPR, Manipur, press release. He said that the policy has been implemented with the objective of making school a more joyful place of learning and teaching, the release added.
Reacting to the minister�s query on the introduction of the new policy, the students said that they feel free and comfortable while coming to school without their school bags. They also said that co-curricular activities have helped them overcome stage fright and learn more about debate, extempore, dance and sports.
The Education Minister added that the policy would help build a positive culture among students, provide a platform for innovative ideas and reduce the stress and harmful effects of carrying heavy school bags by young children.
The �No School Bag Day� is being implemented by the Department of Education (Schools), Manipur, on all working Saturdays in respect of students of classes I to VIII in all schools of the State.
Later, the ministerial team, accompanied by Zonal Education Officer A Anilkumar and other officials, visited the Chaoyaima Higher Secondary School, Thoubal, where the 40th district and zonal-level science exhibition for schoolchildren was held under the theme, �Science and technology for sustainable development�.