Majority of school kids in Kerala lack physical fitness: Study
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 20:07
Thiruvananthapuram: A study, as part of the programme to promote physical fitness among school children in Kerala, has found that majority of them fell below the minimum recommended standards of fitness.

The fitness tests among school children conducted jointly by Education, Sports and Health departments, as part of the Total Physical Fitness Programme (TPFP), has found that just 19.61 per cent of the state's school population (from classes Five to Nine) enjoy the minimum recommended standard, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister M Vijayakumar said today.

He said among the total number of 16,28,943 students who were screened during 2008-09 academic year, only 4.10 per cent got more than 75 points in all the test items and qualified for second phase testing intended for talent identification.

A total of 13,938 students participated in the second phase testing in which 6,625 students were found to have the required standard of 75 points. According to the results statewide, 474 students got 'A' grade, 1430 'B' grade and 6257 'C' grade.

One of the prime reasons for the poor fitness of students was lack of proper physical activity, he said.

Government would take steps to boost the physical fitness and enhance efforts to promote participation of school children in physical activity and sports, he told reporters after making a statement in the state assembly on the TPFP.

Effective steps would be identified through public-private participation "to advance the attempts to prepare young people for lifelong physical fitness", he said.

Education Minister M A Baby was also present.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 20:07

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