The students of the CBSE schools are no longer going to stay couch potatoes as the board has formulated new guidelines mandating the schools to have a daily sports period. The sedentary lifestyle of the students have led to this move and according to reports, the board has released a 150-page manual detailing the guidelines for sports in schools from classes 9 to 12 and the methods for implementing the move. As per the new guidelines aimed at mainstreaming health and physical education, it will be mandatory to have a sports period at the schools during which students will be able to go to the playground and opt any physical activity of their own interest listed in the manual and they will be graded on the same.

A senior CBSE official was quoted by PTI saying, “Health is often a state of physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Hence, we have decided to mainstream health and physical education for class 9 to 12 with the aim of preventing them from having a sedentary lifestyle or turn into couch potatoes.” Moreover, the CBSE had asked schools to spare one period for Health and Physical Education (HPE)while preparing for the new session 2018-19’s timetable. However, the HPE will be different from that of Class 10 and 12’s Physical Education (which is an academic elective.

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The official further said that the whole process of HPE, which has been merged from Health and Physical Education and Work Education will be school-based and it will be implemented and evaluated by the teachers of the schools. Also, it is not mandatory for the school to appoint only Physical Education teachers for the particular period. Every teacher in the school including the class teachers are eligible for implementing and keeping the HPE records.

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