The Indian government has told schools to stop giving students homework and heavy books to prevent spinal damage. Weight guidelines have been issued for school bags depending on a child's age after studies showed heavy loads can affect soft, developing spines. Teachers have also been told to not give children in grades one and two homework so they do not need to carry heavy books home. A survey by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India found 68% of pre-teen children might suffer from mild back pain which can develop into chronic pain and later into a hunchback.
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