CBSE introduces mandatory HPE classes from next academic session

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Port Blair
26 Mar 2018

In bid to promote physical well-being of students, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to introduce a Health and Physical Education (HPE) programme for students from the next academic session. In a circular issued to schools affiliated to the Board, the CBSE has directed all institutions to compulsorily reserve a period in the time-table every day for health and physical education of students specially for classes IX to XII from the session 2018-19.
“Schools are advised that while preparing time-table for session 2018-19, one period every day may be reserved for Health and Physical Education especially for class IX to XII from session 2018-19 onwards. The transactional strategies, detailed guidelines and methodology for administering HPE (Health and Physical Education) to students will be available on CBSE website soon. The program will be compulsory for all affiliated schools of CBSE,” said the Chairperson of CBSE, Anita Karwal, in the circular issued on the 21st of this month.
Health is often a state of physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. CBSE has decided to mainstream Health and Physical Education for classes IX to XII with the aim of holistic development of the child, leading to a well-balanced individual in all walks of life. The aim of Mainstreaming Health and Physical Education is also to enable the students to attain an optimum state of health. Therefore, CBSE aims to provide a focussed curriculum for Health and Physical Education imbued with Life Skills in all its affiliated schools, said the circular.
“The directive of the Board has come at the appropriate time and indeed a good initiative. Special emphasis on health and physical education of students has become the need of the hour. Earlier, there used to be one period a week for students, while four for those who opt for it in the senior secondary level. The subject of health and life-skill education will be beneficial for students of classes IX to XII as Class IX is the age when children enter adolescence. We’re looking forward to release of HPE details by the Board,” said a Post Graduate Teacher of the city’s government school.