Teacher Urges DepEd to Provide Armchairs with Built-in Lockers to Store Heavy Books

Textbooks and notebooks are essential for learning; thus, these are very important parts of a student’s life. Sadly, books and notebooks can be so heavy.

With students having around eight to ten subjects during the school year, this could mean also having eight to ten textbooks plus eight to ten notebooks! The combined weight of all these items could reach around 5kg or more – and that’s not counting the weight of the bag itself and the other school supplies the student needs.

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Considering that most public school students could not afford the rather expensive trolley bags, they have to bring all their things in backpacks. With their small bodies, particularly elementary students, the backpacks are too heavy for them to carry.

Moreover, many of these students even walk at least 1 kilometer to reach their school and another kilometer (or more!) to go home. The weigh of the bags could have permanent ill effects on their still developing bodies.

But even those studying in private schools also have the same dilemma about the weight of the students’ bags.

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Father Michael Donoher Memorial School has found a solution to this problem. Instead of regular armchairs, the school provides its students with special armchairs that have built-in lockers.

The chairs were built in such a way that it has a box under the seat where the students can leave their notebooks and books. With that being possible, the kids can go home with lighter bags, without worrying that their things might get lost in their classroom.

While Father Michael Donoher Memorial School is a private institution, the idea of the armchairs with built-in lockers could actually be of great help to public schools.

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Public school teacher Pablo Juan Manalo reposted a photo of the special armchair, calling for the Department of Education (DepEd) to consider this kind of chair for students across the country.

Dear DepEd People… pag-isipan po ninyo ang ganitong type ng upuan. This would greatly help our students to go to school w/ ease since they don’t need to carry ALL of their stuff. In addition, it could maximize the space in a classroom. Thank you and mabuhay!” the teacher wrote on Facebook.

Do you agree with him? Definitely!

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