For the successful implementation of sports period, a manually detailing sports guidelines of sports period including 150 pages has prepared and issued by the CBSE. CBSE has also issued sports period implementation method for 9 th to 12 th class students.
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"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," a senior CBSE official told.
As per the reports, India is at second number countries that has the highest number of obese children in the world as per 2017 data, this move aimed at mainstreaming health and physical education couldn't have come at a better time.
However, HPE will be different from Physical Education (PE) academic elective which is offered to class 10 and 12 students.
While participation in HPE and assessment will be mandatory to be eligible for appearing in board exams of class 10 and 12, the marks will not be added in the final exams.
“Earlier, there used to be two co-scholastic areas — Health and Physical Education and Work Education. Now the two have been merged and the total periods allocated for the two will be used for HPE. This will ensure that schools are under no pressure of adjusting the timetables at the cost of academic subjects,” the official said.
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“The whole process of HPE will be school-based and will be evaluated and implemented by school teachers only. The marks or grades will have to be submitted by schools on the CBSE website,” the official added.
“The students will also have to do a project for which they can choose whether it will be an individual or group activity. From doing any cleanliness campaign to visiting a zoo, the project can be anything which involves an outdoor activity. Students will be graded on the pictures and other they material submit for the project,” the official added.