THE EDITOR, Sir:
It boggles my mind why our primary-school students have to carry these big donkey knapsacks.
Minister Thwaites, we, parents, ask that you intervene and impose a standard timetable in the primary-school system.
We worry as to the effect these weighty bags will have on our children's spines. This burden will definitely create further health issues, with ripple effects on our finances, which are already meagre.
This has been going on for years, and every school term, there is an increase in the number of books. How hard is it for such a simple thing as a standard timetable to be put in place? It's not rocket science.
Furthermore, I am sure the principals are quite aware of this. Have they submitted a request to the Ministry of Education? Or has this been totally neglected?
As parents, it's the welfare of our children that we are interested in.