From the 2012-2013 academic year, sports will be an optional subject for Class 11 and Class 12 state board students in all streams — science, commerce and arts.
Students keen to pursue sports can opt for ‘Sports Education’, a 100-mark paper, with 60 marks for practicals and projects and 40 marks for theory.
“We have given a nod to make sports an optional subject to give a boost to sports and allow students to pursue a career in sports,” said school education minister, Rajendra Darda. The optional course will not be available to Class 10 students.
The state’s education department has given a green signal to make sports an optional subject and will receive the final copy of the syllabus from the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) on Monday.
Junior college students now have almost 70 optional subjects to choose from.
“Almost every college has a sports teacher and teaching a curriculum should not be difficult,” said Ujwala Patil, chairperson of MSBSHSE.
The MSBSHE had uploaded the proposed syllabus on the website which also had guidelines and it had asked for suggestions till November 30. The board has so far got 25 suggestions.
Students and principals welcomed the move.
“Finally, I would be able to pursue sports as a subject and it will help me to pursue a career in sports,” said Rylan Thomas, a student of St Andrews College in Bandra, who represented the college in hockey and football tournaments.
“Though it is a good move to make sports an optional subject, in the degree course too, students should be given an option to pursue sports,” said Marie Fernandes, principal of St Andrews College.
“We already have qualified teachers who coach students,” said Kiran Mangoankar, principal of Mithibai College.
The state had earlier modified its sports quota policy of granting 25 marks to those excelling in sports. Now, only those who fail in the board exams can avail of the 25 marks.