An appeal has gone to the government to urgently address challenges confronting physical education and sports education in the country.
President of the Principals of Colleges of Education in Ghana, Rev Sister Elizabeth Amoako Arhen, who made the appeal in a speech read for her at the opening ceremony of the 10th edition of colleges of Education Sports Association festival in Tamale said, through combining teaching and practical, teachers would have better advantage of shaping the country’s future in sports development and sustainability.
This year’s event which brings on board some 850 teacher trainee-contestants from all 38 colleges of education and competing in various disciplines; is being held under the theme; “the role of Colleges of Education in the Restoration of Physical Education and Sports in our Schools.”
According to the President of College Principals, teachers have a role to play in ensuring that the right foundation for the country’s sports development were laid through helping to identify and unearthing talents in schools.
She however regretted the lack of logistics and support at the grassroots especially in Colleges of Education and in basic schools, to enable those talents to be spotted and nurtured.
Rev. Sr. Arhen urged the Minstry of Education and the Youth and Sports Ministry to jointly promote dialogue on the subject and rally resources together towards development the field.
For her part, Dr. Mrs. Harriet Naki Amui, Colleges of Education Sports Association, President stated that the games brings participating schools and zones together and that enables them to be discipline, promote teamwork and also fraternize as colleges of Education.
Northern regional Minister, Salifu Saeed who launched the Colleges of Education Sports Festival, also stressed in discipline and hard work among the competitors.