The Central Board of Secondary Education has directed all the schools affiliated by the Board to reserve one period on daily basis from new academic session 2018-19 for “Physical Education” for Classes 9 to 12.
The subject Health & Physical Education (HPE) will be mandatory for all schools & CBSE will release curriculum details.
“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 IX to XII with the aim of holistic development of the child, leading to a well-balanced individual in all walks of life,” a CBSE circular read.
CBSE’s chairperson Anita Karwal wrote to schools, "CBSE has decided to mainstream HPE with the aim of holistic development of the child, leading to a well-balanced individual in all walks of life".
The board’s chairperson Anita Karwal wrote to schools that, “CBSE has decided to mainstream HPE with the aim of holistic development of the child, leading to a well-balanced individual in all walks of life”. The letter added that the aim of mainstreaming HPE is also to enable the students to attain an optimum state of health.
A principal who did not wish to be identified, said, “It’s a record now with CBSE that they start and stop things without any warning. Things that should be given at least a year are done at the snap of the finger, as the groundwork is anyway going to be done by schools.” She mentioned that the announcement of reverting to traditional board exam was a sudden decision, followed by scrapping of options in English subject for Std IX and X.
Reena Dargan, principal of Ira International, Nagpur said, “No doubt that the idea is fantastic as PE is a crucial part. But my question is where is the time in the timetable to accommodate the HPE? Something will have to be cut or shortened to make space for HPE as a daily feature. We are hoping that when CBSE releases details of HPE, it will also suggest how everything will fit into the template.”