Education

Physical fitness test manual is “first of its kind”

The first ever fitness manual for Primary and Secondary schools in Fiji was launched by the Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Honourable Dr Mahendra Reddy at the Fiji National University Nasinu campus yesterday. Dr Reddy said the future of the Fijian society’s physical fitness was defined to a large extent on the physical status […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

June 7, 2016 8:17 pm

The first ever fitness manual for Primary and Secondary schools in Fiji was launched by the Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Honourable Dr Mahendra Reddy at the Fiji National University Nasinu campus yesterday.

Sports Development Advisor at FNU and the author of the manual, Mr Alifereti Cawanibuka and Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Honourable Dr Mahendra Reddy at the Fiji National University Nasinu campus yesterday (top) with school students and Fiji Rugby 7's team (FNU)
Sports Development Advisor at FNU and the author of the manual, Mr Alifereti Cawanibuka and Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Honourable Dr Mahendra Reddy at the Fiji National University Nasinu campus yesterday (top) with school students and Fiji Rugby 7’s team (FNU)

Dr Reddy said the future of the Fijian society’s physical fitness was defined to a large extent on the physical status of the students.

REDDY: “If we are to fix the physical status of our students then we are able to define a solid physical status of future Fijians. For the mental status, a small but significant effect is determined by the physical status of the child and I have wanted to launch a drive in our school system to ensure that every child participates in physical fitness activity. We will formerly launch a drive to ensure that every child is engaged in physical education.”

Dr Reddy said physical fitness contributes to the efficiency; productivity as well as reduces a cost of the health associated problems that we have to devote to just because we have got an unfit population.

The Honourable Minister said the ministry would distribute copies of the manual to the school libraries.

Sports Development Advisor at FNU and the author of the manual, Mr Alifereti Cawanibuka said this was an exciting and timely research as no evaluation has ever been carried out in the primary and secondary schools in the past in Fiji in general fitness.

CAWANIBUKA: “As far as its impact on health related fitness is concerned it could be the beginning of the long-term fight against non-communicable diseases by our new and young generation. When the schools start implementing this, it should automatically change the attitude and mind of the students.”

The research was carried out in 22 Primary and Secondary schools from Lautoka and 20 from Suva.

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