Tamil Nadu school education minister K A Sengottaiyan has said that yoga will be made compulsory in all schools in the state.
He said announcement on changes in syllabus would be made in a week. Replying to debate on the demand for grants for his department in the State Assembly, he said ‘Modern School’ awards would be given to best performing schools in all parameters from this year.
He announced setting up of a “Dream Teacher” award to promote teachers for various tasks including use of computers for teaching students.
Sengottaiyan said six teachers in each of the 32 districts in the state will be selected under this programme.
“The government is holding discussions with yoga experts, as students do not only need education, but extra-curricular activities like yoga as well,” the minister had earlier said. His statement comes just days ahead of the International Yoga Day which is on 21 June.
Apart from announcing opening of 30 new primary schools inhilly and rural areas where the population ratio was higher, he said 4,084 teachers posts, which were lying vacant, would be filled up during this academic year. Also, schools would be provided with better infrastructure.