In a bid to create a supporting environment for joyful learning, traditional and popular games, indigenous games and folk games, including Bratachari activities, have been recommended in daily routine of schools by the state on Tuesday.
In a school education department circular, the schools have been asked to include the play time after the first period and before lunch for pre-primary and classes I to V in all schools under West Bengal Board of Secondary Education from the 2020-2021 academic session. “The department has decided to make sports an integral part of the school syllabus for the junior classes,” said a source in the school education department.
CM Mamata Banerjee wants Bengal’s Gen Next to be fit. She had wanted ‘Bratachari’ — a form of freehand exercises — in the curriculum way back in 2012. Former sports minister Madan Mitra had then gone a step further and urged the education department to make fitness a part of the evaluation system in schools. After that the syllabus reform committee, chaired by Aveek Majumdar, had proposed to provide children play time every day to keep them physically fit.
“Though we had heard about the proposal, there were no specific duration mentioned for games period,” said headmaster of a government school.
The school education department has now also suggested that a child with hearing impairment can take part in the game of handkerchief-running, Majumdar said. ‘Bratachari’ will be clubbed in the same session.
Playground has also been made compulsory for schools affiliated to West Bengal Board of Secondary Education. “Those who don’t have a playground, can turn a large classroom into a playing field. No school can ignore the order because students are likely to be evaluated on their performance,” said a source in the department.
Among the games suggested by the syllabus reforms committee earlier were frogjump and hopping in the primary classes and yoga, football and chess in the higher classes.
Source: Times of India