New Delhi: Schools will be ringing bells at least thrice during school hours to encourage students to drink water in Maharashtra, a state minister has said.
Maharashtra School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad has said the “water bell” will be introduced in schools in the state to inculcate the habit of drinking adequate water.
Gaikwad said the bell will ring thrice during school hours, enabling students to drink enough water. This is necessary for the good health of children, she added.
The state school education and sports department, in a notification on January 21, has asked schools to decide on the timing of ringing the bell and include it in their daily schedule.
The notification stated that dehydration is the root cause of many diseases among school children across the state.
It said children should drink at least 1.5 to 2 litres of water, which varies according to the age, height, and weight of the child.
“It is a common complaint from parents that their wards bring the water bottle home without even consuming the water it contains. Less water consumption can cause urinary tract infections, kidney stone, lethargy, and distressed behaviour,” it said.