Central Board of Secondary Education released a circular on Monday directing all the affiliated schools to provide self-defense training to the girls studying in Class 1 to 10. The schools have been ordered to spare 45 minutes everyday for the training.
The circular has been issued after some schools in Delhi and Bangalore raised concerns about safety of girls. Considering the seriousness of the issue, CBSE observed that teaching girl students to defend themselves is the best solution and that can be achieved through providing basic self-defense training to them. The training will further assist them to become more aware of their surroundings and to not feel helpless in any situation.
CBSE has asked the schools to provide one week training on self defense to all the girl students at the beginning of both the terms. CBSE mentioned, “It is earnestly hoped that all schools will follow these directives as these measures would lead to increased self-confidence and sense of safety in girl students.”
Schools are also free to invite experts from nearby police stations or from other sources for the training purpose.
Earlier in 2010, CBSE had suggested its affiliated schools to grant at least 40-45 minutes for physical activities everyday for the overall development of students.
CBSE circular reads, “It is now suggested that one period out of these may be earmarked for self-defense 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-defense.”
It has also been suggested that schools should consider ‘non-contact sports’ for self-defense training.
The schools have openly welcomed the move. Anujit Kaur, a school principal remarked, “The self-defense 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.”