CBSE makes health, PE education mandatory

MUSCAT: 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 classes 9 to 12 with the aim of preventing them from having a sedentary lifestyle or turn into couch potatoes,” CBSE official said.