/ Sachin Tendulkar

CBSE’s New Policy on Sports Period for Classes 9 to 12 : A Better Sports Culture in India

The new guidelines by CBSE recommend that mainstreaming health and physical education will be mandatory for all the schools. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is going to mandate the daily sports period for students of class 9 to 12 and this decision is acclaimed by the Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. Further, the cricketer added that the same method of having the sports period daily should be applied to all classes so that students can feel the zeal of playing different outdoor games. The CBSE board has designed new sports guidelines for schools by including a daily sports period for classes 9 to 12 so that students can stay away from the desk-bound lifestyle.

“India is at number 3 when it comes to obesity and it is a matter of serious concern. A young, unfit and unhealthy India is a recipe for disaster. To be able to tackle this issue, we must build a strong sporting culture in our country,” Tendulkar said in a letter to CBSE Chairman Anita Karwal. One must be active to avoid obesity and in this regard, playing sports is essential. To make our next generation have a healthy sports culture, students must attend a sport period regularly.

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Further, the ace cricketer added, “CBSE’s decision to reserve one period every day for health and physical education is indeed a right move in that direction. However, there is certainly more that can be done with this initiative.”
Tendulkar added, “Since the overall objective of your initiative is preventing obesity among children, the board would also like to consider making health and fitness mandatory across all other classes as well.”

Further to this, the board has organized 150-page manual detailing sports guidelines for the affiliated schools from class 9 to 12 and procedures for implementing them. According to the new guidelines it will be mandatory for schools to have a sports period every day during which students will have to go to perform any physical activity listed in the manual at the playground and will be graded on the same. Furthermore, the board had in March 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.