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Go out and play! Physical education made Compulsory in CBSE schools
Go out and play! Physical education made Compulsory in CBSE schools

Aana, a Class II child, leads a military existence! She wakes up at 6:30 a.m., rushes to catch her bus & then slogs for another 6-7 hours in school.

After coming back home, there is the seemingly endless homework to finish, karate classes, TV & then off to sleep at 9, after an extremely hectic day, with no time left for any outdoor play with friends. Isn’t this the story of every school going child today?

But, thanks to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), it’s good news for children & parents alike! CBSE, in its latest circular issued on March 9, 2019, has decided to implement the Health & Physical Education (HPE) program for Classes I-VIII with effect from academic session 2019-20 onwards, with a primary focus on sports, games & outdoor activities. This program makes it compulsory for CBSE affiliated schools to set aside one period per day for physical education, for students of Class I-VIII. This comes as a welcome move amid increasing screen time & decreasing outdoor activities of today’s children. This latest statement will ensure their all-round development, as outdoor physical activity boosts a child’s creativity, fosters team spirit & greatly improves fitness levels.
As per CBSE, HPE classes should start from the next academic session, slated to begin from April 2019. This comes close on the heels of a similar directive last year by CBSE, which made physical education classes compulsory for students of Class IX-XII. This announcement has also been equally welcomed by school authorities who recognise the critical role of daily outdoor physical activity in a child’s holistic development. The detailed guidelines for implementation of this program in schools will be made available by CBSE on its website shortly for the benefit of all.