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Doubts over new subjects

THOUGH THE UP Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad has decided to introduce for the first time Sports and Physical Education-- a new subject, in its class X and XII course from the coming session but doubts are being expressed over its successful implementation.

india Updated: Mar 15, 2006 00:22 IST

THOUGH THE UP Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad has decided to introduce for the first time Sports and Physical Education-- a new subject, in its class X and XII course from the coming session but doubts are being expressed over its successful implementation.

As per the innovative decision taken by the UP Board, two new subjects-- Sports and Physical Education-- have been introduced in High School and Intermediate syllabus respectively from academic year, 2006-2007 with an objective to promote the feeling of brotherhood, healthy leadership, discipline and respect for all religions.

Although, the subjects have been introduced but the colleges have not been taken into confidence by the Board for proper implementation of new subjects. Some principals, on the condition of anonymity, told HT Allahabad Live on Tuesday that no ground work had been done before deciding to introduce the subjects. They have expressed their concern as far as the faculty of new subjects like Yoga and Sports and opined for appointment of teachers prior to introduction of new subjects.

However, Board officials said some of the colleges where Physical Education teachers were already available they may be trained. Besides, additional help would be sought from professional persons. Similar formula is likely to be applied for sports subject as well. Contrary to this, principals said it would not help in fulfilling the objective of new courses.

The High School students will now study seven subjects in place of six while Intermediate students six instead of five subjects.

Intermediate students will take their written exams of 50 marks on the topics like drugs, doping, Olympics and Sports Awards. Athletics and Yogasans will be the part of practical paper, informed the official sources.

The new subject in High School would be of 100 marks including 50 marks for theory and 50 for practical. The subject has been divided into six units including development of physical body, muscles, camp organisation and Yogasans in theory while wrestling, judo, athletics, folk dances, scouting and chorus will be the part of practical. Importantly, if any student failed in the said subject then he would not be given admission in next class.

Incidentally, the sports and yoga are likely to be introduced in junior high schools from the coming session. Text books have been given final shape at the State Institute of Education. But here too subject experts have expressed their doubts as to how the teaching would take place.

First Published: Mar 15, 2006 00:22 IST