Bengaluru: Heavy school bags will be back this academic year for students enrolled in private schools following the state board syllabus in Karnataka.

Students of class 1-10 of these schools were expecting to carry lighter bags to school from June after the department of Primary and Secondary education fixed the school bag weights earlier in May.

The situation changed after the school managements wrote to the chief minister of Karnataka, HD Kumaraswamy. It stated that they will not be able to comply with the order issued by the department on the weight of the school bags.

Reports said that the letter from the Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka (KAMS) stated that the order issued to ensure light weight bags for students was drafted in an “unscientific manner” as many of the school bags in the market weigh 2 kg. They said that they would not be able to follow the order. The association represents hundreds of schools.

The chief minister’s office informed them that they would call a meeting of the private schools where they can discuss their concerns regarding the matter.

According to the rules set by the department in May, kids of classes 1 and 2 should have a bag weight of 1.5-2 kg, those of classes 3 and 4 should have a bag weight of 2-3 kg, those of classes 6 and 8 should have a bag weight of 3-4 kg and those of classes 9 and 10 should have a bag weight of 4-5 kg.

Teachers said that if the students have to leave the books in schools, the schools will have to provide locker provisions for them. This system does not exist as of now. Moreover, there will be students who will want to go home and revise their lessons, reports claimed.