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CBSE schools to extend timings and increase fees

The CBSE had advised schools in earlier April to reserve one period a day for physical education, mainly for students between classes 9 and 12. Many Bengaluru-based school managements have chosen to attribute the hike to their investment in physical education teachers and infrastructure. Mansoor Ali Khan, member, board of management, Delhi Public Group of Schools, said “Despite the good sports infrastructure we have, we will hire at least another four teachers per school, as there is a need to have a sports period every day,” he said.

“For higher grades from classes nine to 12, we are extending school timings from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. so that there is adequate time for physical education,” said D. Shashi Kumar, general secretary, Karnataka State Private Schools Managements' Federation. Following this rule, several schools are rushing to hire more physical education teachers and they started investing in sports infrastructure.

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As a result, the burden of the extra cost is being passed on to the parents who are looking at a fee hike of anywhere between 2% - 5% for the academic year 2018-19. This is in addition to the 5-10% hike in fees imposed by the managements every year. In addition to this, the term fee shall not exceed more than 10% of tuition fee over and above the total fee charged in the current academic year. However, this hike is the addition of normal 5-10% hike in fees imposed by the managements every year.

Schools are not only dealing with costs but also with time management. Timetables have been tweaked to ensure that one period is allotted to sports every day. Others have extended school timings to accommodate this change. Dakshayini Kanna, principal of Harvest International School, said that the programmes are being more structured and they are including dance, yoga and aerobic exercises as well.