1st August, 2011
In a bid to make sure that Lagos State students get the basic knowledge of sports in schools, the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, says the government will introduce sports related courses into the curriculum of primary and secondary schools in the state.
Oladunjoye said that the aims of the initiative, apart from serving as a way of impacting sporting knowledge on the young boys and girls, is also to curb acts of truancy and bad behaviours among the youth so that they will not only be good children of their parents, but good citizens of the state.
â€œWe are trying to introduce sports into the psyche of the kids as early as possible in the primary school level . We want to keep them busy with sports related activities so they will not think of doing things that can lead them into trouble,” she said.
â€œItâ€™s going to be a kind of two-edged sword initiative where the students will be taught the regular school works and at the same time learn more about sports both in theory and practical.”
Oladunjoye also disclosed that the initiative will help inculcate the spirit of sportsmanship into the pupils, adding that it will help shaping the future of the kids.
â€œThe benefits of getting our kids into sports from the elementary stage are invaluable not only for the kids, but the society. It will bring out the best in the kids, inculcate in them the spirit of sportsmanship and acts of fair play, which are synonymous to sports,” she said.