Deputy PM Dam urges for revamping school physical education

Wednesday, 2017-02-22 04:56:04
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Physical education and sporting in schools should be focused on students’ hobbies and talents.
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NDO – Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam has stressed the need to further promote physical education and sporting in schools, saying that it is an important part of the textbook innovation programme.

Deputy PM Dam held a working session yesterday with leaders from the Ministries of Education and Training and Culture, Sports and Tourism on physical education and sporting in schools.

Reports at the meeting showed that in recent years, physical education and sporting in schools has not been commensurate with its role and position. The fitness of Vietnamese students is still limited compared with other countries, in addition there is a lack of essential skills, healthcare, and prevention of accidents and injuries.

As of 2016, there were over 95% of schools nationwide implementing formal physical education, 75% of schools hold extracurricular physical activities, drawing the participation of 71% of the total 14.9 million secondary school students.

However, the activities are still basic only, not focusing on skills training and making sports exercising a habit of the majority students. Meanwhile, there is also a shortage in facilities and training staff serving school physical and sporting activities, only 6.3% of schools have training or sports halls, 0.4% have swimming pools and 15% have training grounds.

Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam has urged for further innovation in the teaching and learning of physical education in schools. (Credit: VGP)

Participants at the meeting discussed shortcomings and solutions to innovate physical education in schools, stressing the need to focus on renovating course content; reviewing and strengthening the teaching staff’s capacity and strengthening investment in facilities and equipment.

Deputy PM Dam said that education is comprehensive; adding that in addition to the innovation of textbooks, learning and teaching programmes; physical education must have an adequate position. The way to teach, learn and implement physical and sporting activities in schools should be changed towards encouraging students’ excitement, said the government official.

Investment for physical education facilities should be flexible, not just focusing on constructing professional projects, he suggested, adding that contests in physical education need to be changed towards happy and healthy purposes. Physical education work must be regarded as the work of the whole society, he stressed.

He urged relevant authorities to raise the capacity of key trainers in schools, while mobilising social resources for the work and setting-up sports movement in schools across the nation.