The objectives of the study were: 1) To examine the facilities for sports and physical education in secondary schools of Himachal Pradesh state. (2) To examine the existing incentive given to the players, the procedures to select the teams and players from secondary school of Himachal Pradesh at different level. (3) To analyse the procedure of selection of the players. (4) To study about the prospective of introducing physical education as an elective subject in the school of Himachal Pradesh State.
The hypotheses of study were: (1) Adequate facilities will be available in the secondary schools of Himachal Pradesh state for sport activities. (2) Secondary school players of Himachal Pradesh have not been given sufficient incentives for participation of sports. (3) The selection of the players to constitute various teams at different level of participation would be found satisfactory. (4) Administrators, experts and students would be found interested in introducing physical education as an elective subject in the secondary school of Himachal Pradesh state.
The sample comprised Ten Administrators, 40 Principals and Headmasters of secondary school of Himachal Pradesh, 60 Experts, 360 Players from secondary school of Himachal Pradesh and 50 secondary schools.
Questionnaire and Schedule developed by researcher were used for data collection.
The Survey Method was used in this study.
The data were analyzed by Chi-square technique.
The findings of the study were: (1) As per the response of the administrators and the verification of the schedule, no significant playing facilities were found other than kabaddi and volleyball in the school of Himachal Pradesh state. Responses of experts also revealed that there was absolutely no facility for track and field activities as well as indoor sports. Regarding playing facilities expressed by the students also revealed that no satisfactory facilities were provided to them at any level of participations that include school, zone, district, state and national level. (2) The playing equipments supplied to the players were significantly found to be of average and above average quality. (3) The appointment of selectors to select the teams for various competitions was also not found significantly satisfactory. However, the selection of players for different level of participation was found significantly satisfactory. (4) The experts were not found to be satisfied with the organisation of coaching camps during vacations and competition days. However, the equipments supplied during the occasion were not found to be of good quality, which is contradictory to the statement of the administrators. The players were found regular in the camp. (5) Physical education teachers were not significantly satisfied as regard to their pay structures and promotional avenues. (6) A great need of sports hostels have been expressed by the physical education teachers. (7) Incentives to the players before or after competitions in terms of sports kit, other needed equipment for the play provided to the players by the schools were not satisfactory. Distict Education Officers and Directors of sports reported that equipment was provided to the players on return basis at various levels of competitions. (8) The administrators, physical education teachers and students have significantly responded to the need of introducing physical education as an elective subject in the schools.
Keyword(s): Physical Education Programme, Secondary Schools, Himachal Pradesh, Assessment