Government to Make Sports Compulsory at School Level

Dushyant Vanaik updated on : 01 Dec 2016

Sports to be made a compulsory subject across all schools now. Read further to know more.

Government to Make Sports Compulsory in Schools

The long considered past time in school, sports will now be made a compulsory subject in schools and students will have to obtain the minimum marks in order to get promoted. The government has made this move to develop a sporting culture among the youngsters and provide sports as a career option.

India, a country with over 1.3 billion people, has failed to make a mark at the world level in every major event, except in cricket and now, badminton.
The sports ministry has sent a proposal to the human resource development (HRD) ministry which controls education. But the department of school education under the HRD ministry explained that the schools are under the jurisdiction of the state governments and it is up to them to take a policy decision.

While students are actively involved and encouraged to take up sports in schools, it is not mandatory and hence it loses its importance over studies. Experts say that awarding marks in sports at the school level with remarkably improve the standard of sports in the country.

However, the issue is not completely out of the HRD ministry's hands. There are about 1099 central schools under the ministry and over thousands of schools run by various across the country where this proposal can be implemented.

Dilip Tirkey, former Indian Hockey captain, and RS member said that this could be a landmark in education if this move is implemented. He said that since students are pressurised with studies, they have less involvement in sports and this decision will improve the overall rank of India at the international level.

The sports ministry has suggested that marks be given for sports performances, physical fitness and for participation in tournaments. Tirkey added that this will not only make students take sports seriously, it will also help them live a healthy life.

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