Let’s Get Physical

Published July 13, 2018 in the Mail and Guardian.

Commentary

By Michael Mthethwa

The days of developing gross and fine motor skills in children by letting them climb trees or helping them to make kites are long gone. So too are games in the park and walks on the beach — leaving a trail of digitally focused teenagers who otherwise get little or no exercise, and so don’t develop the skills and stamina to keep them fit in later life.

Part of the problem, it seems, is the fact that physical education was removed from the South African schools’ curriculum in 1994 and only reintroduced 19 years later in 2013 as part of the new national curriculum. Read More