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Teachers and students happy over inclusion of health education in CBSE schools
Senior health ministry officials are planning to introduce a new independent subject on health as part of school education in Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) from next year onwards. Teachers have also welcomed the development, and say that awareness about simple things such as First Aid and AIDS is very important at the primary level itself.

The subject will be taught to students of class 4 to class 10. The basic content and frame work is being designed and being developed by a think tank that's working under health ministry, reported Economic Times.

Students who are pursuing their schooling from CBSE schools are supporting this decision. Akshat Madwal, a student of NK Bagrodia Public School, Dwarka, told this citizen journalist , "Introducing health education as a separate subject is good for students because nowadays students are not physically fit and are getting attracted towards the junk food rather than nutritious food and this subject of health education will let them know about the disadvantages of such foods.

Teachers have also welcomed the development, and say that awareness about simple things such as First Aid, and AIDS is very important at the primary level itself. Alka Sharma, a primary school teacher at RYAN International School, Gurgaon, said, "At our school we teach our primary school children about First Aid, we teach them about the primary measures to be taken at the time of cuts or burns. I feel that this helps them a lot, and if health education as a new subject is introduced in the curriculum, than it will be even more useful.

In today's children, early onset of some serious medical conditions such as diabetes and heart diseases, is being noticed. In such a situation, children should know about disease prevention. They should be capable enough to manage the situation if something goes wrong with their classmate or their family members. “I think this will be helpful in saving many lives, as First Aid provides a lot of help,” says Mrs. Alka Sharma.

Dr. Madhu Raikwar, Director, Central Health Education Bureau (CHEB), says that this is not a new thing, and that health education has been present in CBSE study material since 1957, and that officials are only revising it according to changing lifestyles. She also said that due to the taboo that exists in Indian society, “some of the topics will be taught separately to boys and girls.

When asked about the enforcement and execution of this subject among teachers and students Dr. Raikwar said, “Our plan of action is to first sensitize the teachers and parents, and then our senior most officials will conduct workshops on it. After this we will go into the implementation stage of it and finally a special team will be formed, and it will evaluate implementation among the students.

While students and teachers are excited about inclusion of health education in the curriculum, health authorities are still planning the content and implementation, and are in advanced talks with officials of ministry of human resource development and National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to make this happen. “We are hopeful that the course would get introduced as soon as the next academic session. We intend to keep the content simple,” said Jagdish Prasad, director general, health services at a conference.

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