Why New Zealand wants to bring back physical education in schools
Posted On August 8, 2021
New Zealand is looking to bring physical education back to schools, according to an article by the New Zealand Times.
According to a new report from the Government and the NZQA Physical Education Association, the country’s education system is struggling to adapt to a changing world and its pupils are being left behind by the current system.
While physical education is a popular subject in New Zealand, with teachers and parents believing the benefits are worth the cost, many have complained about how the curriculum is lacking and that it is a struggle to get teachers to teach the subject.
This is not the first time physical education has been brought back into schools, but this time there are some concerns.
The Government wants to have all schools have a physical education component, and the curriculum to support it.
But the NZTA said there is not enough funding to get physical education into every school.
The NZQAs own report said that physical education teachers were being asked to teach physical education courses for children from under-privileged backgrounds.
It also said the Government had not been following up with teachers to see if they were teaching the curriculum as well as teaching physical education.
The new report said physical education students were struggling to access the basics of physical education at schools.
It said this was the result of the NZPA failing to invest in physical education and its curriculum, while the Government’s focus was on introducing more curriculum to help improve physical education performance.
New Zealand needs to bring more physical education to schools and put it at the centre of education, the report said.
The report also said teachers are worried about how they will be paid for the work they are doing, with some feeling threatened by the prospect of losing their jobs.
A number of other recommendations were also made, including introducing an independent body to oversee the delivery of physical educational courses.
The Ministry of Education is also looking at introducing a physical curriculum for schools, the NZBA said.
Teachers and parents are calling for the NZSA to be made a national body, which would oversee physical education across all schools and ensure that teachers and students have the best possible opportunities.Newshub.