HRD ministry asks schools to Train girls in self-defence

The human resource development (HRD) ministry has written to states asking them to ensure that self-defence training is part of the physical education curriculum for girls in schools, the Rajya Sabha was informed Friday.

“The ministry wrote to all education secretaries in the states¬† in January, saying specifically, from the upper primary level, physical training classes should include self defence for girls,” Minister of State for HRD Shashi Tharoor said during question hour.

“This is indeed a very legitimate concern,” he said, adding that physical education should be for both genders. nce should be included,” he said.

Responding to a supplementary question on moral education in schools, HRD Minister M.M. Pallam Raju said government was taking it very seriously.

“The demographic profile that we have today can be converted into a advantage with moral values education,” Raju said.

Tharoor added: “In November last year the minister launched a new values education kit that would cover respect for environment, gender, the kind of values people need to abide by living in modern society.”

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