Mandating physical education


Many colleges and Universities offer both Physical Education and Health as one certification.This push towards health education is beginning in the intermediate level, including lessons on bullying, self-esteem and stress and anger management.

Teaching non-traditional (or non-native) sports provides a great opportunity to integrate academic concepts from other subjects as well (social studies from the example above), which may now be required of many P. Another trend is the incorporation of health and nutrition to the physical education curriculum.

In more prestigious secondary schools and in junior colleges, sports such as golf, tennis, shooting, and squash are played.

A compulsory fitness exam, NAPFA, is conducted in every school once every year to assess the physical fitness of the pupils.

This policy requires that all students in Grades 1 to 8, including students with special needs, be provided with opportunities to participate in a minimum of twenty minutes of sustained moderates to vigorous physical activity each school day during instructional time. Recent funding has ensured most local authorities have employed PE lead officers to support the requirement.

In fifth and sixth year, PE is voluntary in that personalisation and choice must be considered.

In most secondary schools, games like badminton, sepak takraw, football, netball, basketball and tennis are available.

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