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Compulsory physical education examination from next year

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The syllabus includes Yoga, Pranayama, Dhyana


Bangalore: Starting from the next academic year, all schools that follow the Karnataka State Government syllabus will introduce compulsory papers in Physical Education for 100 marks from Classes six to 10.

The syllabus, besides lessons in six major games and several indoor and board games, includes lessons in Yoga, Pranayama and Dhyana.

Health Education, lessons on good food habits and hygiene and songs on national integration will also be part of the curriculum.

According to officials of the department, the paper will be split into two parts, practicals for 60 marks and 40 for theory. Government and government-aided schools teaching in Kannada medium have been conducting classes in Physical Education and examinations since 2007, following the gazette notification, on a pilot basis in some districts.

With the books now being revised and printed in six other languages, including English, the subject will become compulsory in all State syllabus schools.

Students of Standard 10 have been spared because they will be facing board examination.

The Prof. L.R. Vaidyanathan Committee report, submitted to the Government in 2006-07, had said that Physical Education should be made compulsory in schools. The syllabus has been framed by Anand Nadiger.

Former Primary and Secondary Education Minister Basavaraj S. Horatti had taken exception to the delay in the implementation of the report and written to the Principal Secretary of Department of Primary and Secondary Education in May this year.

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