The Central Board of Secondary Education has formulated new guidelines for all schools affiliated by it, mandating them to have a daily sports period so as to prevent students from having a sedentary lifestyle and turning into couch potatoes.
The Board has prepared a 150-page manual detailing sports guidelines for schools for classes 9 to 12 and methodologies for implementing them. The move is set to make physical exercise mandatory to eliminate children’s sedentary lifestyle responsible for turning them into couch potatoes.
According to the new guidelines aimed at mainstreaming health and physical education, it will be mandatory for schools to have a "sports" period daily during which students will have to go the playground but will be free to perform any physical activity listed in the manual and will be graded on the same.
Neglect towards physical exercise in children, according to pediatricians, has paved way for obesity, diabetes, non-communicable diseases, cardiovascular and neurological diseases. In tier 2 and tier 3 cities, not only has there been a 100 per cent increase in diabetes among children, but also labile blood sugar, high cholesterol, low levels of calcium and Vitamin D.
"Among a number of parents who come to us, one of them rued that diabetes and hypertension runs in their family due to which they all are troubled. I had to tell them that no one runs in their family because of which they have these health problems," said Dr Sanjeev Bagai, vice-chairman and director of Manipal Hospitals, Dwarka.
The board had last month asked all schools to reserve one period for "Health and Physical Education (HPE)" while preparing their time-table for the 2018-19 session. However, HPE will be different from Physical Education (PE) academic elective which is offered to class 10 and 12 students.
The doctors have suggested schools to incentivise mandatory sports period to bring less-motivated children out in the playground. They recommend that CBSE can award grades or marks for these classes. The suggestion is being contemplated by the CBSE.
According to the new guidelines aimed at mainstreaming health and physical education, it will be mandatory for schools to have a “sports” period daily during which students will have to go the playground but will be free to perform any physical activity listed in the manual and will be graded on the same.