CBSE makes HPE compulsory

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 24 April 2018

“At our school, we have already included health and physical education classes even in the every day timetable of our Std IX and X students. Also, we train them in yoga,” Gujare said.

PUNE: Here is good news for students of higher classes as the new circular by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has directed the schools and junior colleges to compulsorily schedule one physical education period every day. 

While CBSE schools have begun their new academic year from April, the schools have started including the mandatory ‘health and physical education’ (HPE) class in its everyday curriculum, for students of classes IX to XII.

According to the circular, the CBSE has planned to introduce a streamlined and well designed Health and Physical Education Programme to mainstream HPE in schools especially for students of classes IX-XII from session 2018-19. This programme will be compulsory for all affiliated schools of CBSE. There will be no examinations for these subjects though.

Accordingly, the CBSE advised all its affiliated schools that while preparing the timetable for session 2018-19, one period every day may be reserved for HPE especially for class IX to XII from session 2018-19 onwards. The schools will not have only PE (physical education) teachers for conducting the period, every teacher will be eligible for implementing, evaluating and record keeping of HPE which will be completely practical.

Speaking about the initiative, Shilpa Gujare, Principal, City International School, said that they have already started implementing this at the school. “At our school, we have already included health and physical education classes even in the every day timetable of our Std IX and X students. Due to summer heat, instead of focusing all classes on the playground right now, we also let them play indoors. Also, we train them in yoga,” Gujare said.

“Health is often a state of physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The CBSE has decided to mainstream health and physical education for classes IX to XII with the aim of holistic development of the child, leading to a well-balanced individual in all walks of life. The aim of mainstreaming health and physical education is also to enable the students to attain an optimum state of health,” the circular issued by CBSE read.

“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” a CBSE official said. 

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