School sports day to involve local community from next year

PETALING JAYA:  School sports days will be organised in a grander manner with the participation of the local community from next year, said Education director-general Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom.

“State and district education offices and schools have been instructed to make early preparations to make this possible.”

He said in a statement yesterday that they had also been directed to organise sports activities all year round.

Alimuddin also said a committee had been set up to look into and identify strategies that would ensure sports successes.

The committee which is headed by Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, he said, would identify strategies to improve sports programmes and development in schools.

Muhyiddin announced on Sunday that sports would be made compulsory in 10,000 schools nationwide starting next year and each student would be required to select a game of his or her choice.

Meanwhile, the National Union of the Teaching Profession secretary-general Lim Yim Pheng said a separate scheme for teachers to focus on sports should be created in schools.

“They should be qualified in sports curricula, focus on sports and spend their time training students in all sports-related activities,” she said.

Lok also suggested the creation of a sports secretary post in schools.

This, she added, would mean other teachers could concentrate on their core business of teaching.

National Collaborative Parent-Teacher Association of Malaysia president Associate Prof Datuk Mohd Ali Hasan agrees with Lok, saying that the post of a senior assistant in charge of sports should be created.

He said it was also a good idea for students to take up at least one sport as this would help them develop more holistically.

by Karen Chapman.

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