Transport minister wants swimming to become compulsory school subject

Minister of Transport, Dr Blade Nzimande

Introducing swimming as a compulsory part of the basic education curriculum – particularly in coastal provinces – was one of the proposals put forward by Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande at a recent maritime transport sector inaugural dialogue held in Durban.

“Rapid transformation and development of South Africa’s maritime economic sector will require several interventions among which must be a comprehensive education, training and skills programme to equip particularly youth with the requisite knowledge that will ensure meaningful inclusion and participation,” Nzimande said

Swimming as a possible compulsory subject for South African schools was among a raft of projects proposals mentioned and discussed at the event.

In his closing remarks at the gathering, Dr Nzimande said that could become a necessary competency that was a condition for exiting high school.

“I cannot commit to the idea until it has been canvassed with the relevant departments including the Department of Higher Education and Training. But I think it’s a good idea that we should not allow any child to complete matric without also learning to swim,” he said.

Also on the planning boards for 2019 is the launch of an Inland Waterways Strategy which was recently approved by government.

 


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