MOE introduces framework to consolidate sports, PE programmes
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Singapore: In recent years, there have been new initiatives to give sports and physical education (PE) more emphasis in schools.
Now, the Ministry of Education (MOE) has introduced a new framework to provide for a more targeted approach to curriculum development.
The framework will consolidate all the sports-related programmes under three areas.
One area looks at mass participation activities such as regular PE lessons.
Another looks at specialised programmes, such as Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) and inter-school competitions.
A third will focus on initiatives that identify and train young sporting talent.
Speaking at the opening of a youth sports conference, Education Minister Ng Eng Hen stressed the importance of sports and how it offers lessons on life and the human spirit.
Educators said the framework will serve as a map to ensure that ministry objectives align with what schools are doing.
"For the schools, they will be better able to allocate and manage resources, in terms of the planning of the curriculum and the development of the students," said Dr Lee Kok Sonk, who heads the Talent Development, Education Programmes Division at the MOE.
"Students will benefit from having teachers who are better trained. Also, the variety of the games, sports and the experience in PE will vastly improve because of this framework," said Chua Kok Chiow, PE Subject Head at Millenia Institute.
Source: Channel NewsAsia, sph