Backpacks should have the following features:
• two wide padded shoulder straps;
• a firm padded back;
• waist straps;
• be of lightweight (albeit sturdy) material.
The bag should also be compartmentalized and the straps buckled tightly with heavy books placed closest to the centre of the bag.
Wheeled carriers should not be allowed as these constitute a hazard to students during transportation especially up and down stairs and buses and tend to be excessively heavy even when empty. One strap bags and one strap carrying style bags are to be avoided.