April 23 – To prevent growing obesity among school children, India’s Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked all schools to reserve one period for health and physical education while preparing the timetable for the 2018-19 session. The process of health and physical Education will be school-based and will be evaluated and implemented by school teachers only.
With this direction, the students from Class 9, Class 10 and Class 12 of the CBSE schools will have to attend a mandatory health and physical education class every day. For this purpose, the board has prepared a 150-page manual detailing sports guidelines and methodologies. “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,” CBSE official said.
This will be a qualifying subject for which grades will be offered and is mandatory for students to be eligible to appear for the Class 10 and 12 board exams. The marks or grades will have to be submitted by schools on the CBSE website. While assessment will be mandatory to be eligible for appearing in Board exams, the marks will not be added to the final result.
According to new rules issued by the board, the schools will have a daily sports period for all classes. The students will have to go to the playground during the Health and Physical Education period but will be free to perform any physical activity listed in the manual and will be graded on the same. Schools have been given freedom to decide what kind of activities they would like to introduce during this period.