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Himachal schools to have happiness curriculum

September 15, 2019

The government of Himachal Pradesh has said it plans to introduce a happiness-curriculum in government-run schools from the next academic session. This is to help train students to cope with academic stress. The state government has asked the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBSE) for inputs and the board has set up three committees to think about this and suggest inputs.

We will soon convene a meeting on the new curriculum. The committees' suggestions will be discussed and sent to the state government before being forwarded to State Council of Education Research and Training in Solan. - Dr Suresh Kumar Soni, Chairman, Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education

The decision to launch such a curriculum was taken after reports came that stress levels among children were rising. As a result, more children are addicted to mobile phones and TV. Speaking to the media, Soni said children spend more time indoors and have no physical activity. As a result, habits like reading are fading away.

The curriculum aims to change students into responsible and caring citizens. It will be introduced from classes 1 t0 12. "We want to make studies more practical. There is a need to increase happiness level among students," said Soni.

The new course plans to focus on values like integrity, respect, responsibility, and fairness. Physical training will be included. The government has proposed to conduct these classes everyday before the morning assembly.

The Delhi government was the first to launch happiness curriculum in government schools last year.

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