A RESEARCH PROJECT REGARDING THE EFFECTS OF HEAVY SCHOOL BAGS ON THE PHYSICAL HEALTH OF STUDENTS OF PRIMARY LEVEL IN KARACHI
Keywords:Primary Level, Weighted Backpacks, Health Issues in Children, Musculoskeletal, Spine Problem, Cervical Issue.
Education symmetrizes all the facets of an individual’s life and education is the only reason behind nations’ successes. Development of Pakistan bases upon the increment in its literacy and that part is played by the advancement and updating of educational system. Fortunately Pakistanis also making many progresses for the providence of quality education, but the restill are some common issues which are not yet resolved and they are making students to get offended from getting education or going to school – heavy weighted school bags. Primary education is a key factor for the holistic development of children and to draw out such abilities that help them to learn more actively and motivate towards new activities in a positive manner. As primary level consists of early 5 to 6 years in which child’s physical and mental abilities are in full and they develop such characteristics and habits among children that will have effects on their future life. Instead of giving more emphasis on these aspects, the system push them towards stress and anxiety from the beginning by burdening them too much weighing backpacks. This research highlights on the important problem regarding school children, i.e. effects ofloaded backpacks of school children at primary level. As they are becoming the threat to the health of children at every level especially at primary level as it has adverse physical effects on growing children because it damages their spine,causes anxiety,postural problems, Physical discomfort,and muscle activity and increases breathing rate. Moreover, some schools are functioning in double storied buildings and students have to carry loaded bags to their concerned classes which further increase the health issues in them.This is a quantitative based study and 50 teachers and 75 parents are selected randomly from private schools in Karachi.