The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) has been calling on the education authorities for some years now to address the problem of heavy school bags.
In this University Putra Malaysia study carried out by Tamrin SBM and his colleagues, it was found that as high as 58.3% of the schoolchildren studied reported having low back pain associated with carrying heavy school bags.
Malaysian kids need protection and help
The latest survey shows that the rate has shot up to 20.3%. Malaysian children are under tremendous stress and many are unable to cope with the pressures from the education system, their homes and their peers.