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Misconceptions affecting school sport in Africa

Discussion in 'School sport blog' started by realsporting, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. realsporting

    realsporting Administrator Staff Member

    Children possess a lot of natural energy and drive to learn, therefore what is required for them is a programme of activity capable of stimulating their interest and attention.

    Physical education is one known avenue by which the child can be totally empowered so that he can function meaningfully within the society because it creates for him varied opportunities for worthwhile movement experiences.

    The value of sports on behaviour is quite overwhelming. Physical and health education as a school subject has the capacity to increase the individual’s ability and desire to participate in socially responsible ways in and out of school.

    Sports tend to exert more influence on people’s behaviour than religion or politics. Today’s society is growing technologically and sports and physical education can be utilized as tools to affect functional effectiveness in this technological era. There is the tendency that PE ensures wholesome development of the individual.

    The need for appropriate status and adequate resources for school Physical Education (PE) has been expressed repeatedly by major international organisations, high level policy decision makers and experts in the research and practice of various fields of education.

    Sporting activities in Nigeria are organized and administered in the school
    system under the auspices of the school, and supervised by experts in the field

    Misconceptions about PE
    Some section of the society believe that PE is concerned with the physical and not the intellectual, social and emotional objectives of education. Therefore it's of no intellect importance, labelling it as a subordinate to academic activities. This is largely due to the fact that sports are not normally done in the classroom, does not have written exercises, homework, tests or internal or public examinations.

    Some school administrator would rather see their student in another "real" class where "so called" better subjects like math, science and English are taught rather than a class that most will not take seriously.

    Some individuals sees PE as a form of punishment, teachers who often ask student to do press ups or run laps as punishment seem to perpetuate this misconception.

    Another misconception is that PE is an opportunity for students to run around therefore they belief that it can be dispensed with since it is also done in the afternoon during break and therefore sees it as an unnecessary duplication and hence a waste of valuable time.

    Some people believe that taking part in PE leads to the development of unattractive bulging muscles. Parents and teachers often believe that involvement in PE will make their students especially girls physically unattractive.

    This is a misconception because research has shown that bulging muscles depend on the presence of androgens in the body and women do not usually possess these hormones in amounts enough to cause muscular bulges. Even boys would need to undergo heavy, structured training with weights to gain bulging muscles and follow strict dieting regimes.

    Other misconceptions which characterize the discipline of PE include the beliefs that PE is a rest period between academic classes and that PE inculcates bad behavior due to the nature of dressing that characterize it.

    All this factors have affected the said subject and has led to a decision where to teach P.E is left to choice, PE allotted time on the time table, it was taken more like an unserious routine.

    Unqualified teachers were left to teach the subject. Football fields have been converted to school building, thereby learning, observing that denying school children the much needed facilities to play.

    There is no doubt that Nigeria school sports today may have lost its validity in relation to the conception of school sports.

    If school sports must earn its status as an organized and administered sporting activity under the auspices of the school, supervised by expert then we may need to implement in full the numerous school sport policy program prospered by the United Nations and acceptance of the school sport project proposed by Real Impact Sport Initiative.

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