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Now, class 11, 12 students have fitness and gym as subjects

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will introduce a vocational course, fitness and gym operations, for the students of class 11 and 12 from the 2012-13 session.

delhi Updated: Apr 02, 2012 18:59 IST
Hema Rawat

Now, senior secondary students can learn about fitness and gym operations from their CBSE texbooks. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will introduce a vocational course, fitness and gym operations, for the students of class 11 and 12 from the 2012-13 session.

In the first phase, the new course will be introduced in 50 schools this year. On the basis of the feedback, it will be also extended to more schools during the next academic session.

The board is also in the midst of discussions with organisations that specialise in this field and with varsities for the joint certification of the course, either partially or in full.

The new course will have a theory component with five units worth 60 marks. In Class 11, the units will be health, fitness and wellness phenomenon, health and fitness profiling, physiology of exercise and training, structure of health-related fitness and wellness programme as well as diet and nutrition.

The practical component worth 40 marks will have four units, to be spread across three terms. The CBSE has also marked a list of equipment that would be required for practicals in schools.

In Class 12, the theory section would include weight management, health planning, fitness aerobics, well Being as well as dimensions of modified lifestyle and gym operations.

One of the criteria laid by CBSE for implementation of the course is to have a permanent postgraduate Physical Education Teacher (PET) on the school's rolls.

The PET will have to undergo two orientation programmes each of 15-days duration. The first programme will be held before the commencement of Class 11 and second before the commencement of Class 12. Also, during the summer break, the students who opt for this new subject will have to undergo a 30-days internship programme at a gym designated or recognised by the CBSE.

The Board will also soon come up with Class 11 textbooks for the course that is aimed at enabling students to acquire skills in health management, develop employability skills and create career opportunities.