Education Minister Gerard Kennedy has taken laudable first steps to improve the health of Ontario students, the president of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) said today.
â€œWe applaud the emphasis on increasing physical activity and the funds earmarked to train teachers and provide resources,â€ said ETFO President Emily Noble.
â€œHowever we are anxious to see how the Ministerâ€™s plan will be implemented,â€ Noble said.
She pointed out that the program must be taught by qualified physical education teachers and that schools must have suitable facilities and appropriate equipment and resources.
â€œAlso, if we are adding time for physical education other aspects of the existing curriculum will have to be modified,â€ Noble stated.
â€œTwenty minutes is a good start. But to really have an impact on fitness, and to set a pattern that will last their whole lives, children should have 40 minutes of activity each day,â€ she added.