This bit of news is a day old, but Senator Lito Lapid never gets old.
Lapid wants the country’s schoolchildren to carry no more than 15 percent of their weight in their schoolbags, a measure that Education Secretary Armin Luistro was quick to pooh pooh.
After all, he said, there are bags that have wheels now (as there were in 1988 when I started school).
But Lapid says he’s only thinking of the children.
â€œIf only I did not go through such hard labor in the mountainâ€”I was a wood gatherer and I carried sugar cane when I was youngâ€”I should have been taller because the Lapids are very big. I should have been taller than my father who was 5 (feet) 11 (inches),â€ said the 5â€™9â€ Lapid.
â€œThis is from my own experience. Because I carried heavy wood and sugar cane, I became smaller as it probably had an effect on my spinal column. I donâ€™t want other kids to suffer the same with the heavy bags they are forced to carry to school. They still have very young bones, do you want them to get a bent spinal column?â€
Luckily, we have a shortage of textbooks, so school kids won’t have to carry all that much anyway.