Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked all the affiliated schools to provide First Aid training to students. In a circular addressed to the heads of the schools, CBSE has asked inclusion of First Aid as one of the eight co-curricular activities in the scheme of examination.
“The efforts by CBSE (is to) particularly include the comprehensive coverage of the topics, First Aid and Basic Emergency Care in the Health and Wellness Manuals. The incorporation of the topic of First Aid in the subject of Disaster Management and inclusion of First Aid as one of the eight co-curricular activities in the scheme of examination,” said statement signed by D. T. Sudharsan Rao, Joint Secretary and IC (Academics and Trainings).
CBSE has also asked schools to appoint Physical Education Teacher who can look into the arrangements for delivering First Aid in the schools. “CBSE would take notice of above directions and make necessary arrangements, if not in place earlier, to sensitize and orient students about the First Aid activities,” said the statement.
Earlier, CBSE had issued circular to all the 16,000 schools affiliated to it, asking them to sing the national anthem as per the Constitution of India. According to the circular, “In its framework of the values education lists the Article 51(A) of the Indian Constitution- Fundamental Duties that contains 10 principles and the first one is, ‘to abide by the constitution and respect its ideals and institutions, the national flag and the national anthem. The board has framed four behavioral descriptors for students for this principle. The second descriptor entails singing of national anthem with decorum.”
CBSE is also organising an essay competition on the Constitution of India to mark the importance of Constitution Day that was celebrated on November 26.