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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 17 August 1993) . . Page.. 2346 ..


MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING

LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY QUESTION

QUESTION ON NOTICE N0.735

Primary Schools - Sport

MR CORNWELL - asked the Minister for Education and Training on notice on 15/06/93

In relation to the recent Australian Sport Commissions annual survey of the AUSSIE SPORT program in primary schools which indicated ACT primary school children receive, on average, up to 25 per cent less sport and physical activity than elsewhere in Australia - Is this claim correct; if so, (a) why is this so; and (b) if so, what steps are being taken to correct this deficiency and if no action is being taken; why not.

MR WOOD - the answer to Mr Cornwells question is that the claim made in the annual AUSSIE SPORT survey that ACT primary school children receive, on average, up to 25 per cent less sport and physical activity than elsewhere in Australia is not correct. This survey is not widely representative and certainly does not accurately reflect the amount of time devoted to physical education and sport in ACT primary schools. In many schools this amount of time is greatly increased by lunchtime sporting activities, training and matches against other schools. This boosts the total time spent on physical education and sport in many primary schools to well over four hours per week.

A more extensive survey is currently being conducted by my Departments physical education and sport curriculum officer. This survey has found that ACT primary schools are, on average, devoting at least two and a half hours a week within school time to physical education and sport. This compares very favourably with other states.

This initial survey will be extended during Term 3 1993 to include all ACT government schools. It will address not only she time allocated to physical education and sport but also the all important content and quality of programs being provided for students. Other key issues such as teacher professional development, facilities, resources and equipment will also be included in the survey.

The results of this survey will underpin the development of a strategic plan for the provision of high quality physical education and sport programs for all students in ACT government schools. This strategic planning is being undertaken by the Departments Physical Education and Sport Consultative Committee.

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