First Sports Focus Schools unveiled

2015-08-05 06:00
BLANE KOCK (second from the left) of the Kimberley Technical High School and Tlhalefang Pharasi of the Northern Cape High School were awarded with ministerial sports bursaries for soccer and hockey respectively. They are flanked by the MEC for Educat

BLANE KOCK (second from the left) of the Kimberley Technical High School and Tlhalefang Pharasi of the Northern Cape High School were awarded with ministerial sports bursaries for soccer and hockey respectively. They are flanked by the MEC for Educat

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THE Northern Cape MEC

for Education, Grizelda Cjiekella-Lecholo, and the provincial MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture, Lebogang Motlhaping, announced two local schools, the Northern Cape High School and the Kimberley Technical High School (THS), as Sports Focus Schools.

Motlhaping has emphasised that Sports Focus Schools would promote skills, behaviours, attitudes and knowledge that would benefit learners in their performance in one or more codes of sport, academic and vocational pursuits and personal development.

The aim of Sports Focus Schools is basically to provide opportunities for learners to develop skills and pursue careers in physical education and sport.

This announcement came after the two MEC’s met regarding the implementation of the memorandum of understanding (MoU).

The two Sports Focus Schools are the first step in the plan of the Northern Cape Department of Education and its strategic partner, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, in rolling out at least one similar school in each of the remaining four districts within the next three years.

According to Motlhaping, there are schools in the province that have been identified already.

The policy, called the School Sports Policy, will regulate the delivery of school sport for all learners, irrespective of ability, across all schools in an age-appropriate and/or grade-appropriate way, based on the principle of equity and access.

“This policy is the catalyst from which the concept of Sports Focus Schools emanates.

“The concept of Sports Focus Schools finds its roots embedded in the MoU signed by the minister of Basic Education and the minister of Sport and Recreation on 13 December 2011,” Motlhaping said.

This MoU commits both departments to deliver a sustainable integrated plan to provide school children the opportunity to take part in physical education and organised sport.

The sporting codes that the Northern Cape High School has chosen as those to receive special attention in terms of development and implementation of the Sports Focus School concept are athletics, cricket, hockey, netball, rugby, swimming and tennis.

The Kimberley Technical High School will focus on chess, soccer, table tennis and volleyball

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