Nation-wide Fit India School Rating programme launched

Following PM Narendra Modi’s announcement about the launch of the Fit India School Rating system, the Fit India School Rating brochure and Fit India flag were unveiled by the HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank” and minister of State(I/C) for youth affairs and sports, Kiren Rijiju, at a function held at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Delhi Cantonment on December 4.

PM Modi had urged all schools to enroll themselves to get the Fit India flag and Fit India Star Rating. The Fit India School Rating system is the first-ever fitness rating for schools to be introduced in India. Under the Fit India School Rating system, schools will be given a Fit India Flag and 3 star and 5 star ratings, depending on the fitness levels of their students and teachers, infrastructure available and participation in fitness activities.

The first level of recognition is the Fit India Flag, which is given to schools who meet the following criteria:

  1. Having one teacher trained in Physical Education (PE) and such teacher is physically fit and active.
  2. Having a playground where two or more outdoor games are played.
  3. Having one PE period each day for every section and physical activities (sports, dance, games, yoga, PT) take place in the PE period
  4. Having all students spending 60 minutes or more on physical activities, daily.

To receive a 3-star rating, a school should fulfill the following criteria:

  1. All teachers of a school are physically fit and spend 60 minutes or more every day on physical activities.
  2. The school has at least two trained teachers, each well versed with any two sports.
  3. Sports facilities to play four sports including two outdoor sports and every student learns and plays two sports, one of which could be a traditional/indigenous sport.

To receive a five star rating, a school should receive the following criteria:

  1. School conducts monthly intra-school competitions, participates in inter-school competitions and celebrates annual sports day.
  2. All teachers are trained in physical education.
  3. School has two or more sports teachers who may be PE teachers.
  4. School follows structured PE curriculum prescribed by NCERT/school board.
  5. School conducts annual fitness assessment of all students; and school opens its playground after school hours for neighbouring communities and the same is actively used. Reasonable fee may be charged for maintenance and security.

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