Swimming to be part of Kerala school curriculum

G. Krishnakumar

New sports and physical education scheme

It will be integrated into curriculum from November 1

To be implemented in phases

KOCHI: Swimming will soon become a part of school curriculum in Kerala.

It will be a major component of the sports and physical education programme to be integrated into the educational curriculum in the State from November 1, Director of Public Instruction Mohammed Hanish told The Hindu on Saturday.

Mr. Hanish made the observation when asked whether the Education Department was planning to issue any guidelines on restricting boat trips when schools organise excursions to tourist spots in the State and outside, especially after the Thekkady boat tragedy. Recalling that the government had issued specific guidelines for school excursions after the boat tragedy at Thattekad in April 2007, Mr. Hanish said the department had also asked school authorities to encourage students to learn swimming. But the project could not reach the expected levels. Some schools had implemented the directive by introducing training programmes in swimming for students, he said. Pointing out that the decision to integrate sports and physical education into the educational curriculum would help in attracting students towards swimming, Mr. Hanish said the programme would also help students in stepping up their physical fitness.

The programme would be implemented in phases.

‘Avoid boating trips’

Urging the school authorities to avoid boat journeys during school excursions, the Education Department had categorically made it clear that teachers conducting tours should ensure that students were provided all necessary safety cover before embarking on such trips.