Education minister inspects school on No School Bag Day

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, November 2, 2019: Education minister Thokchom Radheshyam on Saturday visited Budhimanjuri High School, Sagolband Tera Loukram Leirak as a part of the No School Bag Day and interacted with the students about their hobbies and interests.

During the visits, students were found practicing arts and crafts with teachers. The students were making traditional banana leaf bowl (dona), plates and houses design from paper. The students later gathered at the school ground recited poems and sang songs.

The minister advised the teachers to encourage the students to make them participate in extra-curricular activities for overall improvement. Head of schools should chalk out list of extracurricular activities for each class in advance through discussion and consultation with teachers and inform students/parents accordingly.

Radheshyam said students should be made to feel that the school is their second home where they can live in ease. He also appealed to the teachers to motivate the students even when they are lacking behind. He said that fear and anxiety disheartens the students. He urged the teachers to treat the students as their own, imparting education with affection so that the children are able to express their views and perspective without hesitation.

The students – teacher relationship need to be made friendlier so that the students could approach the teachers anytime when they need. The students should be taught to maintain neatness to instill in them a sense of work culture and cleanliness in school and their surroundings. The minister said that No School Bag Day policy aims in building positive culture amongst children, providing platform for innovative ideas and to reduce the stress and harmful effects of carrying heavy bags by the young children.

The No School Bag Day policy is implemented by the department of education (schools), Manipur for the students from class I – VIII to attend school without school bags on all working Saturdays.

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