Government-Teachers stand-off will hurt sport development

The long standing stand-off between Government and Teachers over teacher’s participation in extra-curricular activities will greatly hurt sport. I’m no politician and will not go into the Politics of the issue, but it is painful that the matter has dragged on for long and involvement of teachers in Sport in most schools has greatly reduced, and in most cases halted.

For one to have more of a chance of becoming a successful sport star and develop through the ranks, they should have at least had some kind of basic grounding at school level. Developmental stage is key for a sport person. This is where identification of potential and liking for a particular sport code is nurtured. Over the years, teachers at primary and secondary school have played a pivotal and marked role in identifying and nurturing talent from an early age.  

Teachers have been a critical cog wheel in sport development and their non-involvement in extra-curricular activities, in particular Sport, will be detrimental to the country. One can dismiss this, but over time we will realise just how this stand-off has affected Sport development. Like I have posited, teachers play a great role in identification at the early stages and they ground and nurture potential. This is not happening as much as it used to, thus there will be a gap. Those youngsters who might have been identified to be athletes will go through the gaps.

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