New Delhi: Students of class X in schools affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will soon be graded for practising yoga, NCC drills and proficiency in indigenous sport, according to a report in the Hindustan Times.
On Tuesday, January 31, the CBSE issued a notification stating that from the next academic year, class X students will be assessed on a five-point grading scale (A-E) for co-scholastic activities including yoga, martial arts and the National Cadet Corps (NCC).
According to the Hindustan Times, the students can choose any of these activities under the health and physical education category.
Although the grades will be reflected in the mark sheets, they will not have a bearing on the overall result of the students.
“Indigenous sports, yoga and NCC must be encouraged in the schools to create a sense of physical fitness, discipline, sportsmanship, patriotism, self-sacrifice and health care,” the CBSE notification read.
The grades for these co-scholastic activities will be given by the physical education teacher of the schools.
In May 2016, the education board had directed schools to include yoga as an activity for assessment under continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE). According to India Today, CBSE had further asked schools to send at least one of its teachers for a certification course to be organised by the Quality Council of India along with AYUSH ministry.
There are 18,000 schools under the CBSE.
Last year, in another attempt to spread patriotism among students, the University Grants Commission had issued a list of guidelines to all universities on how to celebrate Independence Day, following which the Jawaharlal Nehru University decided to host a wide range of ‘patriotic’ and ‘nationalist’ activities, including a freedom run and flag-hoisting ceremony.
Note: The headline and text of this story have been edited to correct the impression that the CBSE is seeking to grade students on patriotism too. According to the CBSE notification, inculcating patriotism is referred to as one of the end-products of grading students on yoga, NCC and indigenous sports.