Thursday, July 15, 2010

State study points to an unfit future

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The results of the tests conducted in schools across the State, as part of the Total Physical Fitness Programme (TPFP) during the last academic year, have helped only in reconfirming the worst fears of planners, educationists, sports and health officials and social activists.

The results, made available to The Hindu on Thursday, say that only 14 per cent of the State school population possess the minimum recommended standard of physical fitness.

A total of 23.35 lakh students enrolled in classes five to 10 were tested under the ambitious project last year.

Overall, boys have fared better in the tests with 16.56 per cent of them meeting the recommended standard compared with only 11.46 per cent of girls.

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