Direct schools to plan and set aside 4 hours of outdoor activities for students per week.
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Today, all schools are focused on getting 100% academic results from their students. Their emphasis is completely on stressing children to squeeze out perfect results. While this is right in its own place, it shouldn't come at the cost of a child's overall development.
It is not only the mental development of our children that matters, but also the physical, emotional and social development that counts. The objective of parents sending their kids to school is to take care of their holistic development which involves academics and physical growth. But is that what is happening?
NO. A big no. If you ask any school going student how much time he/she spends in the school playground as part of the school's physical training program, you will realize that it is not even remotely near the adequate level. The result of this tremendous mental exertion on students can be seen all over. More and more children are stepping into depression and mental illnesses due to the rat race and pressure of succeeding in every academic venture.
Now is the time we put our foot down and take action. I request you to sign this petition which will be delivered to the education minister. The objective of this petition is to urge the minister to take this issue seriously and decide on a minimum timeframe for which students should be taken for physical activities.
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