PE in need of intensive care

22nd December 2000 at 00:00
THANKS to extensive media coverage and complaints from teaching unions the Government may have got the message that PE is in need of attention.

Recent strategies and proposals have seen school sports co-ordinators, specialist sports collegesschools and vast amounts of money for facilities and equipment reach schools. Although this is welcome help and undoubtedly will boost the subject what is being done about the real problem, time?

It is no use to have extensive modern facilities if schools are going to pass on PE lessons in preference to extra literay or school play rehearsals.

For many the damage has been done. On reaching secondary school, pupils appear to split into two groups. The uninterested, unfit and sport-shy and those who play out-of-school sports and so take part in as much activity as possible.

Rarely do all pupils reap the benefits which healthy physical education can provide. When will the Government act? Will we see an exercise hour or is this too much to hope for?

Dave Spicer Third-year BSc sports studies undergraduate University of Wolverhampton Gorway Road, Walsall

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