Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had a lot of good news for sports in schools. Generally, no one doubts his sincerity in saying all the good things, but will all these things really happen?
During a press conference after giving away Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM) - 100 PLUS awards in Petaling Jaya, Saturday, Muhyiddin said the government will take a major step to revamp sports activites in schools by next year.
He noted that sports activities in schools now last for only the first few months.
“There is no sport activities in the second half of the year because of examinations. We want to revamp it by having sports activities during the school holidays. The best way to get children involved in sports is through schools.
“More qualified sports teachers should be enrol to help develop sports in school. Schools also need all types of sports facilities like fields, halls (for indoor sports) and other infrastructure to help develop sports among schoolchildren," said Muhyiddin who is also the Education Minister.
“I will suggest to the government to pump in more money in the 10th Malaysian Plan (2011-2015) to have more fields and halls for school children. We need a bigger budget for the next five years to develop sports in every school to produce top class athletes,” said Muhyiddin.
Muhyiddin said that he would make sure all the 11 sports which were dropped from the national schools (MSSM) championships calendar this year because of financial woes would be carried out in the next few months.
All these sounds good. Now we will have to wait and see how they are implemented. Would the people carrying out these instructions have the passion to see sports in school develop at greater speed? Would we be seeing schools having more fields and hall? I really hope so.