CALLING IT an unfortunate reality that the safety of children is often at stake in today’s world, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Monday issued directions to all the affiliated schools to dedicate 45 minutes everyday to provide self-defence training to girls.
As per the circular issued, some recent incidents have accentuated the need to ensure safety of girls.Vineeta Arora, principal of Bhavan Vidyalaya School, Sector 27, said, “There is no doubt that making the self-defence training a part of curriculum will help the girls a lot but we would have to work out the modalities on reserving 45 minutes to train the girls on a daily basis.”
The CBSE has asked the schools to impart one-week training at the beginning of both terms — term-I and term-II — on self-defence to all the girl students of classes I-X.
Principal of Government Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 16, Anujit Kaur is of the opinion that the self-defence training classes should be made mandatory for girls so that even those girls who are not part of physical education or any sports can come forward to actively participate in it.
Anu Sharma, principal of Stepping Stones Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, said, “We are already running taekwondo and karate classes in our school, though they are not compulsory. The girl participation in karate and taekwondo is considerably increasing every year but now if the CBSE makes it mandatory, it will be a great initiative to boost self-confidence of all the girls, starting from the primary level.”
The CBSE through its earlier advisory issued in the year 2010 had suggested that there should be at least 40-45 minutes of physical activities or games period for classes I-X everyday.
“It is now suggested that one period out of these may be earmarked for self-defence activities for girls. This will ensure that after the initial week’s training, the girl students are continuously updated with knowledge, strategies and skills for self-defence,” noted the CBSE circular.
It has also been advised that non-contact sports may be considered for training girls in self-defence as they possibly cause less injury than contact sports and those sports which do not involve any special infrastructure be adopted for this initiative.
Commenting on the circular, Jagjit Sekhon, principal of AKSIPS-41, said, “We can conduct training on a daily basis but we need to see how we are going to devote 45 minutes separately for this training. That too on a daily basis. It remains to be seen how many parents will accept it.”