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Starting next academic year, students of state schools will have compulsory lessons on physical education and culture. The State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) has almost completed the printing of textbooks on the new subjects. The textbooks will be available in schools from June this year. Though sports and work experience (term used for cultural studies) have been part of state, they have never been part of formal syllabus, according to SCERT officials.
The new textbooks will be introduced in classes III, IV, V, VI and VII in the coming academic year. There is also a plan to revise the curriculum for classes VIII and IX in the next academic year. Mostly, the time allotted for such extracurricular activities have been used by schools for teaching main academic subjects. By introducing a specified syllabus, it will become mandatory for schools to take the new subjects seriously. The textbooks will have detailed physical activities to be taken up for the fitness of students, officials said. The content is devised in such a way that it raises interests of students in outdoor activities. The culture section will have lessons on dance, music and other related activities. We aim to teach students the basics of culture and sports.We hope to make children healthy by exposing them to extracurricular activities in the classroom, said N Raghu from SCERT. Officials have decided to earmark some time for physical education and culture from the next academic year. The state governments move to introduce new lessons has been welcomed by schools. Physical education and work experience programmes varied from school to school till the last year because there was no fixed curriculum. While some schools adhered to extracurricular activities, others used the time allotted for this to focus on completing regular syllabus. A new curriculum and textbook for the same will make the training uniform and this will benefit students, said S Srinivas Reddy from AP Recognised Schools Managements Association. Some school managements, however, considered the new curriculum an ill-timed exercise. There are no playgrounds or open space for outdoor activity in most city schools. Moreover, there are just a handful of qualified and experienced PE teachers. Introducing a curriculum under such circumstances will not help students, said the teacher of a secondary school at Tarnaka.
Courtesy: Times of India
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