Newspaper clipping – The Cape Argus – 10 May 2010

New policy to focus on sport in school

A policy aimed at encouraging schools and pupils to participate in sport has been drafted by the Department of Basic Education.

The policy would ensure that each school offers at least two or more sporting codes, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said in a recent response to a question in Parliament.

Department spokesman Dr Granville Whittle said the draft policy was being finalized and expected to be made available for public comment next month or in July.

He said consultations, including with teacher unions, Sport and Recreation South Africa and the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, had been held.

In large parts of the school system, said Whittle, school sport was not functioning properly.
“There is an over-concentration on certain sport codes and you also find that schools do not encourage all learners to participate in sport.”

He said the department wanted to encourage all pupils to participate in sport, not only for health reasons, but also for the role sport could play in their development.

According to Whittle, the policy would also address the minimum standard for provision of sporting facilities and would help to identify talented pupils. It was possible that the policy would be implemented at the beginning of next year. – Education Writer.