Ministry looks to boost physical activities at schools

China plans to increase exercise opportunities at schools to help children and teenagers become more physically active, a senior official with the Ministry of Education said on Friday. Students at primary, middle and high schools will learn basic sports knowledge and receive athletic skills training.

He added that students should exercise for at least an hour a day at school, and get an additional hour of physical activity off campus. In order to achieve these goals, Wang said, more effort will be made to address the severe shortage of physical education tutors and sports facilities at schools.

Wang also pointed out that an equally important task is to shift attitudes on physical education classes, which are often overlooked, or even skipped, against mounting academic pressure.

This is great news for Chinese youth. Increased physical activity among young people should be encouraged everywhere including here in Hong Kong.

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