Sports and Physical Education Mandatory for Classes 1 to 8 in CBSE Schools

CBSE schools have now made sports and physical activity mandatory for the students of Classes 1 to 8. Schools aim to promote not just the general well-being of a child, but also to sharpen their creative mental abilities with this decision.

This circular is being introduced as a continuation of CBSE Circular No. Acad-10/2018 dated 21-03-2018, which introduced a streamlined and well-designed HPE(Health and Physical Education) programme. The main criteria of this programme, made mandatory for all the CBSE affiliated schools was to promote mainstream physical health and sports activities for CBSE classes 11 and 12 of sessions 2018-2019.

Now, with this programme extending to other smaller classes, their main aim is to promote the holistic development of the children. Following this, the curriculum for classes 1 to 8 will now focus on sports, games and outdoor activities. So, with the reiteration of this curriculum, one period per day is now reserved for Health and Physical Education classes.

CBSE Circular in this regard had said that “revised strategies and detailed guidelines and methodologies for implementing them will be made available on the CBSE website soon.”

CBSE plan to introduce a special syllabus for children with special needs. The plan is to introduce the use of sign language and wheelchairs so that specially-abled children do not miss out. Yoga will also be made part of the CBSE curriculum.

Theory classes will be conducted for the same and the practical classes will be divided into 4 strands, thus making it mandatory for the children to select at least one activity. They also have the option of changing it throughout the year.

Athletics, Team games, adventure sports, individual games and swimming are part of strand one, while strand two includes health and fitness. At the same time, strand three will focus on Social Empowerment through Work Education and Action (SEWA). Finally, strand four stands for health and activity card.

To get more details about this, schools can contact Dr.Manjit Singh, in-charge(Sports), CBSE, Preet Vihar, Delhi at


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