Bengaluru: In a bid to inculcate values of physical fitness right from early age, the Department of Primary and Secondary Education has decided to introduce yoga and aerobic sessions on a daily basis across all government schools in the state.
According to officials, the 15-minute sessions will take place during the morning assembly.
Elaborating on the state government’s plan, Primary and Secondary Education minister N. Mahesh said that an official order will be issued soon to all schools to follow the same.
“Encouraging students to take part in sports and cultural activities will keep them optimistic and motivated. Dance classes for school children are also in the pipeline as the secondary phase of this initiative,” he said.
According to officials from the department, the plan will be put into effect this academic year itself as various studies suggest it will contribute towards comprehensive development of the body and mind for the students.
It may be recalled that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had made it mandatory across all its affiliated schools to reserve an hour daily towards physical education, including yoga and aerobic exercises.
Reacting to the decision, a government school principal told Deccan Chronicle that the same would encourage students to come to school daily as they get a chance to keep themselves fresh and feel healthy at the beginning of the day, before academic activities.
“As CBSE made it mandatory only for students from class nine and above, our government should take a step forward to ensure all students get a chance to be exposed to a healthy and fit lifestyle right from their young formative years,” he opined.