Yoga, poem recitation: How students in UP govt schools will begin their day
The Basic Education Board has come up with an ‘ideal timetable’ for schools for what they say is for the all-round development of students by striking a balance between studies and co-curricular activities.india Updated: Apr 27, 2017 17:14 IST
Over 1.14 crore students enrolled in nearly 1.5 lakh government-run primary and upper primary schools in Uttar Pradesh will now begin their day with yoga sessions and display of talent in various spheres.
Earlier this month, the Yogi Adityanath-led government had issued an order to include yoga as part of the curriculum in government schools across the state from the new academic session.
The Basic Education Board has come up with an ‘ideal timetable’ for schools for what they say is for the all-round development of students by striking a balance between studies and co-curricular activities.
“This is for the first time that an ideal timetable has been issued for schools. It has been designed so that tough subjects are taught in the first half when the children are fresh. Equal importance has been given to co-curricular activities and physical fitness,” Skand Shukla, deputy secretary of the board, said.
“Schools with lesser teachers will be allowed to make appropriate adjustments. We are also in the process of starting teachers’ adjustments to ensure presence of all subject teachers in every school,” Shukla added.
According to the timetable, the morning assembly for the students of primary classes will end with the national anthem followed by a yoga session and ‘Dainik Bal Sabha’ where children will recite poems, present songs and thought of the day.
The students of Class 1 to 3 will begin studies with mathematics. For Class 1 students, this will be followed by a session with Hindi workbook and then a Hindi period. The fourth period will be that of English.
The students of class 2 will first study Hindi followed by a Hindi workbook session and then get English lessons before interval. Class 3 students will study environment and Sanskrit or Urdu besides English before interval and Class 4 students will study Hindi instead of Urdu and Sanskrit in the first half.
The students of Class 5 will have periods of maths, English, Hindi and science before interval. Remaining subjects and workbook sessions will follow after the interval.
The upper primary students of Classes 6 to 8 will also study English, science and mathematics in the first half and social studies, Sanskrit and lessons on great personalities in the second half.
The students of Classes 1 to 5 would end their day with a session of sports and exercise to stay physically fit and the children of Classes 6 to 8 will have art, home science and music as the last or second last period of the day.
The board has asked officials to carry out inspections to check whether the schools are following the prescribed time table.
Plans to introduce yoga in schools earlier had faced opposition by some Muslim organisations who said it is essentially a Hindu religious practise and that chanting “Om” or performing the Surya Namaskar is against Islam.
Deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma, who is also minister for secondary education, had warded off criticisms, saying yoga should not be branded as communal and added that “it is a way of life”.
“It will benefit the students in handling day-to-day stress, besides making them physically strong. Even the Islamic countries celebrate World Yoga Day on June 21. We are trying to improve the quality of education and this is a step in that direction,” he said.