We often hear the endless gripes from parents about the weight of school bags. So, last night, my two kids decided to weigh their bags for blogging purpose. (they insisted I blog this so I better do so)
WEIGHT OF THE BAGS
#3 son is 10 years old and in Standard Four. He is of average size for a 10 years old (though he is technically 9 years and 2 months old) and his body weight is about 25 kg. The school bag weighs 5.5 kg. This is after all the Buku Dua have been taken out. There is a new system now where textbooks are spilt into two, book one and book two for different time of the year. The purpose is to reduce the school bag weight but unfortunately, it taxes on the parents’ pockets because the price is double.
#2 son is 13 years, going 14 and in Form Two. He is on the smallish side and weighs only 30kg. His school bag weighs 5 kg MINUS the exercise books. He left the exercise books in the class.
#1 son has yet to buy his textbooks but I guess for his (large build) size, it doesn’t matter to him. Moreover, at their age (16 years old), they will probably leave everything in the class and risk the headmaster’s wrath. It is pretty cool to go to school with an empty bag, no?
Long ago, I had one colleague whose son was in the same class as mine. She used to carry her son’s school bag from Standard One (age 7 years old) and deliver it right to his class. Which means, the son did not have to carry any schoolbag at all. When he reached Standard Four, the class room was located at the top floor and mom still insisted to do so. I mean, the boy is perfectly healthy and strong but she just had to go the ‘extra mile’. (I can’t stand her btw.)
One day, the form teacher got so annoyed with her action. Seriously, the mom was quite a nuisance because during the children walk to the class, this woman would tagged along with a bag like a porter.
The teacher screamed at the boy, in public! “Kamu pondan kah? Beg sendiri pun tak larat angkat?” (Are you a sissy? Own bag also no strength to carry?) Fuwah, I got the best laugh of all!
Many times, my hubby had wanted to approach the headmaster of the secondary school to suggest building a locker for the students. Actually, it is not that difficult because if the parents pool their resources together, they can do so. But we never got around to it. It will probably involves a lot of red tapes (from the Government) and by the time, the project got off, probably my sons have already completed school.
As for my primary school son (#3), the school is just next door, about 200 metres away and hence, weighty school bag is not really an issue.
Read dSaint’s educational solutions. LOL.