According to experts, the weight of a school bag should not exceed 15 percent of a child's body weight. Applying this standard, we find that an average student in Pakistan is forced to carry nearly four times the weight above the safe limit. This, apart from causing extreme inconvenience and discomfort to the child, is bound to have adverse effect on his physique, resulting even in permanent deformity and disability. Unlike the older generation, a lot of school children of today, especially in urban areas, suffer extra hardship in traveling long distances to their schools while, sometimes, dangerously perched on rooftops of buses. There is simply no reason they should be subjected to the additional cruelty of having to carry these heavy schoolbags. The matter can be solved simply by a change in rules, and attitude, by school administrations, aided wherever necessary, by some legal action. Every now and then, a letter or two appear in the newspapers highlighting the schoolbag problem but nobody pays attention and the unfortunate situation remains the same. Some newspaper/channel should take up this noble cause and follow it through. As a last resort, we may have to request the superior judiciary to take suo motto action on the matter. -S.R.H. HASHMI, Karachi, via e-mail, February 13.