For its affiliated schools the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued circulars, which has indicated them to provide first aid training to the students of the schools. The circular was addressed to the heads of the schools under CBSE and has asked them to include First Aid as one of the eight co-curricular activities in the scheme of examination.
According to the statement signed by D.T. Sudharsan Rao, the Joint Secretary and IC (Academics and Trainings), “The efforts by CBSE is to practically include the comprehensive coverage of the topics, First Aid and Basic Emergency Care in the Health and Wellness Manuals. The incorporation of the topic and First Aid in the subject of Disaster Management and inclusion of First Aid as one of the eight co-curricular activities in the scheme of examination.”
CBSE has also directed the schools to appoint Physical Education Teachers who would look after the arrangements for delivering the first aid knowledge in the schools. The statement further mentioned that the CBSE would look after that the notice provided to the schools and would take necessary actions to sensitize and orient students about the First Aid activities.
Earlier, in a circular issued to all the 16000 affiliated schools of CBSE, it was asked to let the children sing the national anthem as Morning Prayer under the Constitution of India. The circular said, “In its framework of the values education lists the Article 51 (A) of the Indian Constitution-Fundamental Duties that contains 10 principles and the first one is ‘to abide by the constitution and respect its ideals and institutions, the national flag and the national anthem. The board has framed four behavioral descriptors for students for this principle. The second descriptor entails singing of national anthem with decorum.”