Students from Classes IX to XII of CBSE schools will have to attend a mandatory health and physical education class every day.
This will be a qualifying subject for which grades will be offered and is mandatory for students to be eligible to appear for the Class X and XII board exams.
A senior CBSE official said, the move is a step to prevent growing obesity among school children. The board has prepared a 150-page manual detailing sports guidelines and methodologies.
The CBSE has asked all schools to reserve one period for Health and Physical Education while preparing the time-table for the 2018-19 session. The process of Health and Physical Education 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. While assessment will be mandatory to be eligible for appearing in Board exams, the marks will not be added to the final result.
According to new rules issued by the board, the schools will have a daily sports period for all classes. The students will have to go to the playground during the Health and Physical Education period but will be free to perform any physical activity listed in the manual and will be graded on the same. Schools have been given freedom to decide what kind of activities they would like to introduce during this period.
However, Physical Education (PE) as an academic elective will be continued to be offered to Classes X and XII.