NSC wants physical education made compulsory

27 Jun 2013 04:10
WINDHOEK, 27 JUN (NAMPA) - The Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) wants physical education to be made a compulsory subject which is assessed.
Speaking at a media conference here on Wednesday on the outcome of a workshop held in Swakopmund over the weekend, NSC Chairperson Vivienne Katjioungua said the commissioners have noted the importance of physical education (PE) in Namibian schools.
?We would like physical education in schools not just as an extra-mural activity, but as a subject that will be assessed,? she noted.
It is hoped that making PE compulsory and having it assessed will, amongst other things, help the commission to identify promising sports talents.
The nine new sports commissioners were officially appointed to the NSC?s Board by the Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture, Jerry Ekandjo at Walvis Bay on Friday.
They are Katjioungua (chairperson); Amos Shiyuka (vice chairperson); Fabiam George; Penandino Kandjii; Monica Bohitile; Elize Petersen; Jesse Schickerling; Ndeulipula Hamutumwa; and Michael Hangula.
A workshop was then held at Swakopmund to map out the commission?s strategies for the next three years.
Katjioungua noted that as a team, the commissioners have agreed to serve the Namibian nation by putting specific strategies in place that will assist them in achieving their goals and objectives in line with their mandate.
Amongst others, they will engage stakeholders to consult on important aspects of sports development such as the review and amendment of the Namibia Sports Act, as well as the establishment of a unified controlling body for national sports.
?We will categorise sports codes to realistically meet the demands of our resource distribution. We will also do talent identification,? she explained.
Athlete support systems that will meet the demands of athletes who participate internationally also featured on the agenda.
The minister also appointed Shivute Katamba as the new Chief Administrator for the NSC.
The post had been vacant since the former Chief Administrator, Rusten Mogane parted ways with the commission after being on suspension for almost two years.