Physical and mental health, extracurricular activities that are part of the school day for the 2022-23 school year

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Additions to the calendar introduced based on announcements by the Minister for School Education in the Assembly this year

Additions to the calendar introduced based on announcements by the Minister for School Education in the Assembly this year

On Monday, Tamil Nadu State Council schools will reopen for IX classes for the 2022-23 school year.

For the upcoming school year, the School Education Department has announced a slew of additions ranging from regular co-curricular and extracurricular activities, fitness sessions, and dedicated reading time. These are being introduced based on announcements made in the Tamil Nadu Assembly earlier this year by the Minister of School Education.

With a focus on student mental health, schools will now have a weekly hour dedicated to experience sharing sessions, where classroom teachers are expected to take the initiative and talk to students. Another item on the schedule this year will be a twenty-minute session after lunch every day for pupils for reading – where pupils can read periodicals, newspapers or books from their school library.

Commissioner of School Education K. Nandhakumar and Director of Elementary Education G. Arivoli, in a circular, further requested that physical education teachers be present at least thirty minutes before the start of classes in the morning. to ensure the discipline and safety of students when they come to school. the campus. Joint fitness sessions after the school day at least once a week are also encouraged, taking into account the availability of transportation and the distance students live from campus.

Over the past two years, the school year has been marked by school closures and the suspension of physical classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While some private schools had successfully accommodated extracurricular activities during online classes, most institutions had to do without.

Over the next year, several fun and interactive co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are planned. Each week, two periods will be allocated for co-curricular and extra-curricular activities for grades VI to X. A published timetable model indicates that these can be organized on any day of the week, like the last two periods.

For extracurricular activities, students can take arts and crafts classes, learn origami, folk arts, dance, music, and even see children’s movies. As part of extracurricular activities, schools are encouraged to form literary, environmental or computer clubs and to organize student meetings during the allotted time each week.

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