While India keeps ruing the fact that in a nation of over 1.3 billion, the number of sportspersons bringing in medals for the nation is miniscule. The cause for this starts right from the root.

In a state like Karnataka, which has one of the best education systems in India, there is only one physical education teacher for 1,204 government PU colleges. In fact, there are only 20 physical education teachers across the state as per the statistics available from the Department of Pre-University Education.

This shocking information has been revealed by Primary and Secondary Education Minister Tanveer Sait himself in a press conference in Bengaluru on Monday, September 4.

The New Indian Express quoted the minister saying that the government was discussing about making physical education a part of the curriculum in PUC and that a decision will be taken soon. “We are not facing shortage of physical education teachers at primary and high schools. The shortage is at PU colleges. It is true that, we have only 20 physical education teachers across the state,” he said.

This comes six months after the government issued an order to appoint of physical education teachers at government PU colleges which have more than 500 students.

“Physical education teachers have not been recruited for several years. We are thinking of recruiting one physical education teacher to every 120 students,” said Sait.