The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued new guidelines to all the schools and mandated them to add one sports period daily so as to prevent the students from turning lazy, thus giving the students an active lifestyle.
The board has issued a 150-page manual detailing the schools about the new sports guidelines for class XI to class XII and the several methodologies to follow and implement them.
As per the mandated new guidelines, it will be compulsory for the schools to have a sports period daily during which the students will have to go to the playground but will be free to perform any physical activity listed in the manual guide and will be graded on the same.
“Health is often a state of physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Hence, we have decided to mainstream health and physical education for class 9 to 12 with the aim of preventing them from having a sedentary lifestyle or turn into couch potatoes,” said a CBSE official.
Last month, the board had asked the schools to reserve a ‘Health and Physical Education (HPE)’ while preparing the timetable for the 2018-2019 session. However, the HPE subject will be different the subject of ‘Physical Education (PE)’ which is in the curriculum of class X and XII students.
“Earlier, there used to be two co-scholastic areas-- Health and Physical Education and Work Education. Now the two have been merged and the total periods allocated for the two will be used for HPE. This will ensure that schools are under no pressure of adjusting the time tables at the cost of academic subjects. The whole process of HPE will be school-based and will be evaluated and implemented by school teachers only. The marks or grades will have to be submitted by schools on the CBSE website,” the CBSE official said.
Meanwhile, the participation and assessment in the HPE will only be mandatory until the student appearing in the boards of class X and XII, the marks will not be included in the final examinations. Schools will also not be required to have only Physical Education teachers for conducting the period,
“Every teacher including class teacher, teaching in CBSE affiliated schools will be eligible for implementing, evaluating and record keeping of HPE which will be completely practical and will not have any theory portion. The students will also have to do a project for which they can choose whether it will be an individual or group activity. From doing any cleanliness campaign to visiting a zoo, the project can be anything which involves an outdoor activity. Students will be graded for the pictures and other they material submit for the project,” said the CBSE official.