IT is interesting to note that our minister of sport advocates the re-introduction of physical education (PE) in our schools. We hope it will be re-introduced soon.
This subject should never have been dropped, particularly in our primary schools.
The minister has also urged a greater emphasis on sport as an extra-mural activity in our schools. We must, however, not lose sight of the fact that we must not concentrate only on the performance of the selected members of the top teams of the school.
All pupils must be given the opportunity to participate and this is where PE as part of our educational programme should play an important role. The school's extra-mural sports programme must be organised in such a way that an interest in physical activity is created in all pupils and if we wish to achieve this, we should use physical education as our starting point.
The structured physical education lesson, well taught and organised by a specialist in PE, achieves the following:
- It creates a lasting interest in physical activity;
- Basic sports skills can be acquired and taught in the PE lesson;
- The pupils become physically fit (and we will hear less of some children becoming obese).
Graham, Parkside, Port Elizabeth