Government schools in Noida to focus on sporting activities | Noida News – Times of India
NOIDA: Sports activities and competitions to begin in government primary and upper primary schools for which Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 are granted respectively for the purchase of necessary sports equipment.
While plans are being drawn per school to include both boys and girls to engage in sporting activities like basketball, table tennis, gymnastics, Judo, athletics, kho-kho, badminton, cricket, hockey, etc. as soon as schools reopen from June 16, the focus is being laid to select the best players of a particular sport from all the districts for state-level competitions.
For this, the basic education department has been directed to use the services of experts of sports association and officers of the sports department (serving/retired) on invitation to motivate the students.
“I have issued directive to all block and divisional level schools in the district to ensure sports activities and preparations for sports competitions be started without waiting for the announcement date for sports programs. This is done on the directive of Dr Sarvendra Vikram Bahadur Singh director, department of basic education (DoBE) Uttar Pradesh,” said Aishwarya Lakshmi Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA) GB Nagar.
Under the activity, regular sports activities will be carried out in the first four days of the week followed by scout activities during the last two days of the week. “All details related to these are required to be maintained in a school register,” said Lakshmi.
For this, financial assistance is also provided by the government to spruce up sports infrastructure in schools. “The government of India has provided Rs 5,000 per primary school and Rs 10,000 per upper primary school for the purchase of sports material in the districts. Schools requiring infra upgrade will be provided with the facility to add sports equipment from the allotted amount and ensure its proper usage,” said Lakshmi who adds that the sporting activities are directed to start as soon as schools open from June 16.
While Dr Singh directed that the importance of sports for the overall development of the child, he directed regular activities in this field. “It should be kept in mind that sports are very important for the physical and mental development of children. Therefore, maximum opportunities should be provided to the children,” said Singh.
Further, while competitions for boys and girls will be held separately, a directive was also issued to ensure no discrimination between boys and girls in sports competitions. “Girls should be given full opportunities to participate in sports and competitions,” said Singh.
Meanwhile, schools have been directed to draw up plans and timetables where complete details of all children enrolled in the school will be prepared on an excel sheet which should indicate students selected for competition level post sporting events. While remaining students are required to regularly engage in sports of their choice, at their own level.
“There has been a focus on developing a child’s sporting activity along with academic pursuit. In this, more and more attention will be paid to sports instead of preparing children to participate in sports shows or a rally only. While the rally is just a display of games, keeping in mind the interest of the children, from class 1 to 8, every child will be engaged in some sport with an opportunity to play,” said Lakshmi.