Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked all its schools to make the Health and Physical Education Programme compulsory especially for students of class 9 to 10. This programme will be introduced from the next session, i.e., 2018-2019.
According to a CBSE circular issued to all its schools "Health is often a state of physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. CBSE has decided to mainstream Health and Physical Education for classes 9 to 12 with the aim of holistic development of the child, leading to a well-balanced individual in all walks."
Thus, by mainstreaming the Health and Physical Education, CBSE wants all its students to attain an optimum state of health.
“CBSE aims to provide a focussed curriculum for Health and Physical Education imbued with Life Skills in all its affiliated schools," the circular added.
Earlier, students used to get 1-2 periods every week for physical education. But with its decision of mainstreaming the Health and Physical Education, CBSE has asked schools to make space for the course in their timetables for session 2018-2019. Thus with the implementation of this order, there may be one period every day reserved for Health and Physical Education especially for classes 9 to 12.
The circular also said that the transactional strategies, detailed guidelines and methodology for conducting the course will be available on CBSE website shortly.
This decision by the board is getting mixed reactions from the stakeholders. Some people appreciated the decision by saying that it will be quite beneficial to promote the healthy and active life style among students while some other condemned the board’s order by saying that including the Health and Physical Education class every day will hamper a whole lot of other important things like art education, theatre, public speaking and other activities.