Friday, July 02, 2010

Sports in school.

I go to Hindu Sr Sec school Adyar everyday in the evening to bring Dhanush home.

The school has over 2000 students studying from LKG to Plus 2. This school is one of the very few schools in Chennai with a big playing ground. It has two big Cricket nets, one basket ball court , one throw ball court and one volleyball court, apart from a huge open ground for athletes sports and which can be doubled up for a football or Cricket ground.

I generally stay there for about 45 mins till Dhanush says Ok to leave after playing with his friends and I observe that not many students are keen in utilising the excellent facility of playing. Within 10 mins of school closing, more than 1600 students will leave for their home. About 200/250 students will be whiling away sometime eating snacks and chitchatting with their friends before they also return home. There will be about 25/30 students practising Basketball, about 10/15 girls practising throw ball and about 100 students of smaller classes ( including Dhanush ) running around the ground and playing merrily with their friends.

I do not know why the majority of students skip the opportunity of some physical exercise. Is it because of the study load or general lack of interest or lack of encouragement from school / parents?

This again throws some light on why India is not shining in most of the sports inspite of more than 120 cr population.

1 comment:

Vasudevan Sundaresan said...

The reasons could be as I think

1. Every child (especially higher class) wants to go home for tuition / Homework soon after the school is over

2. Parents want their children to be back home soon after the school and they do not want their children to be so long out.

3. Schools are not are having sports period in their regular timings

These days the competion is intense and studies get precedence over sports. I remember having 2 continuous last periods in the evening for games and sports in my school days. This happened twice in a week. These days I do not know whether such things are provisioned in curriculum