Bihar government introduces ‘no-bag day’ in schools. Games period has to be compulsory

The students of government schools in Bihar will now be free from the burden of bags for the whole one day. Similarly, sports bells will also be made mandatory in schools.The objective of such a policy is to engage students in various activities, which can positively impact their learning.

 Additional Chief Secretary, Education Department, Deepak Kumar Singh informed that there will be work based practical classes for the children in the weekly No Bag Day. At least once a week, students will come to school only with their tiffin box.” The day will be devoted to practical and experiential learning,” he said.

“School authorities must prepare curriculum for such activities. This step will certainly bring positive changes among students, which will also improve their learning ability. Encouraged by an impressive performance of our students in regional, national and international sporting events, we will introduce mandatory games period in schools,” Singh told PTI.

The new system will have a positive effect

Children will not need to carry books to school on this special day. The day will be devoted to learning practical and experiential things. The aim of such a policy is to involve the students in various activities, which can have a positive impact on their learning. This thing will be implemented in all 72 thousand elementary schools and 9,360 secondary and higher secondary schools in the state. The government is using many innovations to improve the education system in Bihar. The initiative is in line with the National Education Policy 2020, and will be implemented in both state-run and private schools.

Speaking on the introduction of a games period at least once a week, state Art, Culture and Youth Minister Jitendra Kumar Rai said, “Our department is preparing a proposal in this regard. I will meet the state education minister and submit the detailed proposal to him.” It’s a matter of pride that players from the state have recently performed exceptionally well in the national and international games, he said.

He also said , “If a games period is introduced in schools, we would be able to identify talents at a very early stage. The government will accordingly prepare them for the state, national and international sporting events,” adding that the authorities want sports to become an integral part of the school curriculum.

The department is already preparing for this arrangement, which will soon be implemented in all schools. He said that all schools would be made part of the curriculum for such activities. This initiative of the government will definitely bring a positive change in the students, which will also improve their learning ability.

Players of the state, according to their position at the national-level sporting events, are provided with a subsidiary grant to avail the facility of sports kits, and treatment and enrolment in the course of the National Institute of Sports, the minister said, adding Rs 21.02 lakh was provided as a subsidiary grant to 70 players in 2020-21 Sportspersons from Bihar won six medals in the recently concluded World Championship of Arnis Games in the Philippines, Rai said.

Chandan Kumar Singh of the eastern state secured a medal in lawn bowls in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, while Muzaffarpur’s Sharad Kumar scripted history by becoming the state’s first-ever Paralympic medallist as he bagged a bronze medal in the F42 category of men’s high jump in the Tokyo Para Games.

The Additional Secretary informed that buoyed by the impressive performance of our students in regional, national and international sporting events, we will introduce compulsory sports period in schools. He said that this initiative is in line with the provisions of the National Policy on Education, 2020 and is being implemented in both government and private schools. The department is preparing a proposal in this regard and consent will be taken from the education minister. Then its notification will be issued.

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