Teachers to learn Karate from September 16

Will a 12-day course for teachers and 30-hour for students help any, wonder trainers

About 161 government high schools teachers and 11 Morarji Desai school teachers in Dakshina Kannada district will start learning Karate from professional trainers, from September 16 to September 28, as a part of teaching the self-defence art to the girl students of every high school. It will be followed by a 30 sessions (30 hours) Karate training programme for students from September 30.

Under this ambitious programme of Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan, one physical education teacher from each government high school will undergo training. If the post of physical education teacher is vacant, any other interested teacher will participate in the training. The training will be conducted in every taluk head quarter, either in morning or at evening, as teachers can conduct classes for other half of the day.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, District Deputy Project Co-ordinator Y Shivaramaiah said that a plan has been finalised on September 6, during a meeting of taluk physical education officers and district physical education superintendent. At least two hours in every week should be used for Karate training. One hour from physical education and one hour from music, craft or painting can be used, he said.

Funds

The State government has earmarked Rs 66.63 lakh for 4,442 government high schools of the State. Under this, Dakshina Kannada district, which has seven educational blocks, has received Rs 1.78 lakh. The professional trainer, a black belt holder, will get an honorarium of Rs 200 per day along with travel allowance. The responsibility of preparing the work plan is given to respective Block Education Officers (BEO). The government has also directed the BEOs to conduct a refresher course on Karate in December, 2013 and February, 2014.

‘Training needs many changes’

Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat Member Eshwar Kateel welcomed the idea of teaching Karate to high school girls.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, he said: “We always argued that Karate should be made mandatory. But, it is impossible to learn it within a few days. To earn the first belt in Karate, it needs five to six months of training. To get black belt, we have to learn / practise at least for five years. We teach Karate in steps like fitness, competition, street fight and kata. The stipulated time is not enough to learn even the basics in Karate.

There are many Karate professionals around us. The government could have used their services more efficiently. There will be some changes at least next year,” he hoped.

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