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Physical education will get due importance in schools, says Horatti Physical education will get due importance in schools, says Education Minister

  • Health cards to be introduced for students
  • Mass health camps will be conducted in schools
  • Yoga and moral education to be made compulsory

    GULBARGA: Primary and Higher Education Minister Basavaraj S. Horatti on Wednesday announced that the State Government would shortly introduce a new education policy and physical education policy in the State. It had appointed two expert committees to prepare the detailed framework of the proposed policies.

    Jagannath Rao panel

    After inaugurating a seminar organised by the Physical Education Teachers Association and the Deputy Director of the Public Instruction office in Gulbarga district here, Mr. Horatti said the Government had appointed educationist Jagannath Rao to head the committee to frame the new education policy of the State. While framing the policy, the committee would take into account the educational requirement till 2020, including infrastructure and changes required in the existing syllabi. The notification appointing Jagannath Rao Committee would be issued in a day or two.

    Mr. Horatti, who was a physical education teacher, expressed his dismay at the neglect of physical education in schools

    Vaidhyanathan committee

    To end this neglect, the Government had appointed an expert committee headed by professor M.L. Vaidhyanathan to frame a comprehensive physical education policy for the State. This policy would make physical education a compulsory subject in all schools.

    The Minister said the Government had decided to follow the pattern of the Gujarat Government and initially introduce health cards for students studying from first to seventh standards before the end of November 13 making them eligible for getting regular health check-up. With the cooperation of Government doctors, private hospitals, medical colleges in the State, the Government would conduct mass health camps for children in schools. He said Karnataka would be the second State in the country after Gujarat to introduce the health card scheme for schoolchildren.

    Mr. Horatti said the Government would make appointment of CPED-qualified physical education teachers compulsory up to seventh standard. Similarly, in high schools and junior colleges, the appointment of physical education teachers with B.Ped and M.Ped qualification would be made compulsory.

    He said discrimination in promotion of physical education teachers to the post of headmasters would also be ended.

    The Minister said the Government had also decided to make yoga and moral education compulsory at all levels in the schools. Mr. Horatti said the recommendations of the Vaidyanathan committee would be implemented soon after its submission.

    Low pass percentage

    The Minister expressed his deep dissatisfaction over the low pass percentage in the SSLC examination in Government and aided high Schools in the State.

    After distributing cheques and commendation certificates to schools which achieved cent per cent pass percentage in the SSLC examination this year in the Gulbarga division, Mr. Horatti said the performance of schools in the Gulbarga division continued to be remain lowest when compared to other divisions in the State.

    Pat for headmasters

    Commissioner of Public Instruction M. Madan Gopal welcomed the gathering. Secretary of the Primary and Higher Education Department T.M. Vijayabhaskar, Agriculture Marketing Minister Sharanabasappa Darshanapur and MLC Shashil G. Namoshi spoke. Headmasters of schools which achieved cent per cent pass in SSLC examination were given a cheque for Rs. 3,000 each along with a commendation certificate and a plaque.