- The Federal Ministry of Education pledged to continue to invest in sports
- The ministry said sport, apart from its economic viability, team spirit, perseverance and tolerance
- It appealed to parents to always encourage their children to take part in sporting activities
The federal government on Thursday, May 3, said that it would continue to invest in sport as it had become economically viable.
Malam Mohammed Karage, the director of basic and secondary education, Federal Ministry of Education, said this in a speech at the 56th Inter-house Sports Competition of Queen’s College, Lagos, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
According to him, many young people who took sports serious have elevated their families.
“As a result of the numerous benefits of sports, the Federal Ministry of Education, in line with the National Policy on Education, is doing a lot to ensure that sports remain an integral part of the school curriculum.
“We are encouraging our students and schools to engage in sporting activities within and outside the schools.
“Sports have become economically viable; therefore, we want to appeal to our parents to always encourage their children to take part in sporting activities,” the director said.
He said that many students had gained admission into notable universities abroad through sports.
Karage said that sport was an important component of school life, adding that school curriculum could not be complete without it.
According to him, besides its economic viability, sport promotes team spirit, perseverance and tolerance.
He said that inter-house sports competition inculcated spirit of healthy competition among students.
The director lauded the management of the college for providing two industrial boreholes, sewage, water treatment plant and a hostel from the 2017 budget.
“Every member of the implementation committee acknowledged the speed with which the environment and facilities of Queen’s College changed for the better,” he said.
Earlier in her address of welcome, the principal of the college, Mrs Betty Are, regretted the loss of three students in 2017 as a result of an outbreak of epidemic.
“We cherish the memory of the three promising queens, pray for perfect peace and comfort for their families and friends.
“I strongly believe that the dark moments are over and we are all grateful to God for making today’s event a reality,” she said.
Are said that the importance of inter-house sports competitions could not be over-emphasised as students learn discipline, team spirit and leadership roles as they compete with one another.
She noted that sports had helped students to get scholarships outside Nigeria.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that the minister of education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, disclosed that the country's education policy is currently under review to effectively have an impact on students.
The minister made the disclosure during a Microsoft-sponsored education transformation framework workshop on Wednesday, February 21.
Adamu, who was represented by the director of ICT in the ministry, Ifegwu Oji, listed about 10 challenges the ministry is facing.
Some of the challenges he listed include dearth of quality teachers, power, infrastructural deficits and inadequate capacity building.
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