The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to introduce the 'Fitness & Gym Operation' (FGO) as a vocational course from the ensuing session. The purpose of the vocational course is stated to fill the employment gap in the fitness industry.
A CBSE circular states that the course has been designed to allow senior secondary students to develop employability skills and to create career opportunities in the fields of fitness industry sports.
The circular further states the FGO is a vocational course in sports to be started from the session 2012-13. The course for class XI and class XII consisting of five units in theory section and the practical element focusing on working in a Gym.
The CBSE is going to publish the textbooks on the new course soon that will be transacted by Post Graduate Teachers in Physical Education on who will reoriented to transact the course. They will be provided in-service for 30 days in two spells in the academic session.
The circular further states that the schools opting for the course should have a Gym as a minimum infrastructure within the school premises for practical work. Not only, the fitness industry, other industries are vying with one another to find a place in the school curriculum to legitimize and sustain themselves.
But, many feel that school education must confine itself to academic and general education to get students educated first and take up vocational courses as a part of further education so as work like educated skills force.
Rather, there is dire need of improving the quality of general education at the school level rather than making schools slaves of the industry and market forces, feel educators. It would be appropriate to leave such courses to the industry itself as a part of the induction courses to employ the school leavers, think some.