Yoga , Physical education & Sports as Compulsory in the curriculum from class I to X in #Odisha Education
BHUBANESWAR: To create sports environment to produce promising sports person for participation in Olympic Games in 2020, 2024 and 2028 All India Sports Council has proposed the state government to include sports, physical education and yoga as compulsory subjects in school curriculum. The council has asked Odisha to follow Andhra Pradesh model where physical education and sports has been included in the curriculum from class I to X
“Taking into account dismal performance of India in the last Rio Olympics, the main objective is to emphasise sports from grass-root level and to ensure that India emerges as global power in sports,” read a letter from sports and youth affairs secretary Vishal Dev to the school and mass education department.
According to the draft policy, children in primary classes will have at least three periods for sports and physical education every week while in high schools there will be at least six periods for sports in a week. One ‘Kreeda Vikas Kendra’ will be constructed in each of the Assembly constituencies with facilities for both indoor and outdoor games.
The centre will be constructed in six acres of land with an investment of Rs two crore each. There should also be provisions for developing a playfield in every village by mobilising funds from MGNREGA with an expense of Rs five lakh. Other facilities like toilets, drinking water, change room, and fencing will be constructed through convergence with various national and state programmes.
There should also be provision for community coaching and talent identification with long term athlete development programme. The state government should also set up sports schools and regional sports academies. There should be incentives for sportspersons and provisions should be made for voluntary community coaching using the services of sportspersons in schools and colleges.
The department should also identify three to four disciplines in which the state would like to specialise for promotion of sports excellence. Efforts should be made to link with regional and national institutions related to sports development.
“In Odisha emphasis is being given on sports. The state government is actively considering implementation of the proposed policy to develop sports in schools from the 2017-18 academic session in the lines of Andhra Pradesh,” said a senior officer in school and mass education department. src link