Published on Friday, 01 March 2013 06:21
Sri Lanka government has come up with a novel proposal to inherit a healthy generation with physical and mental equilibrium/balance and mould those who talents in sports as successful sportspersons by making the sports a compulsory subject in schools from this year.
According to a proposal approved by the government Thursday at least one sport will be made compulsory to each school student from 2013 and attract them towards such sport by evaluating their talents. The Government expects to implement it from grade six and before implementing, all students in grade six after the year five scholarship examination will be subject to medical examination. The selected students will be directed to a suitable sport according to their physical fitness.
Further, sports and extracurricular activities will be made a core subject at the GCE (O/L) examinations.
Non communicable disease especially the diabetes is a major cause of death in Sri Lanka and even large numbers of school children under 16 years are affected by this disease. According to health authorities around 60 deaths occur in the country daily due to diabetes. This situation has warranted the authorities to come up with remedial measures to ensure a healthy nation.
The Cabinet of ministers approved a joined proposal made by the Ministers of education, higher education and the sports to implement physical education and sports programmes within school system and universities.
The government also aimed at making it compulsory to provide various sports opportunities to the children in all non-state schools as well.
"Students with special skills and abilities in sports activities could be identified and assistance provided to achieve national and international levels in the field of sports" is the aim of this proposal.
The education ministry is to recruit 250 teachers to provide practical training in schools island wide.Hassen