‘Cross River may make sports compulsory in schools’

Cross River State authorities could quickly make sporting actions obligatory in all faculties within the state, a high official of the state has revealed.

Speaking in the course of the 82nd Founder’s Day Anniversary and Annual Inter-House Sports Competition of the well-known West African Peoples Institute (WAPI) yesterday in Calabar, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Cross River State, Mrs. Aniedi Bassey-Ekpenyong mentioned sports activities was a veritable exercise wanted in kids’s holistic growth.

She mentioned, “Education is not just reading and writing, we believe in the holistic development of a child and that includes the psychological activities like sports, debates and all manners of outdoor games.

“All schools are encouraged to hold inter-house sports so that the children will not just pass through the school without having anything to hold on to. It is also at that stage that we discover talents in children.”

Also talking on the occasion, WAPI Principal, Mrs. Mercy Etim mentioned the varsity’s inter-house sports activities, which coincided with the Founder’s Day, was an vital side of the training of a kid, including that as it’s medically confirmed that kids with sports activities do higher academically.  

The Principal famous, “We wouldn’t have a secret cult on this 82-year-old WAPI due to the excessive degree of self-discipline within the college and I’m proud to say that the outdated college students have been useful when it comes to mentoring a few of these kids.

“And If we adopt the policies from other countries, I think we are trying, because if you go to Finland, a child spends three hours in the class and the rest of the hours outside, so when they go back, they won’t have time to play again but to read, so the two must have a balance, as we are playing, when it is time for us to go back to the class, of course we do better.”

Mrs. Etim thanked the West African Peoples Institute Old Students Association (WAPIOSA) for his or her nice help within the college tasks, saying, “just like the chairman of the event said that the school was founded by a Professor and if you are part of the school, you must be proud of the school. This school is 82 years old and if you have a time like this, you must celebrate so every year we celebrate it.”

The President of 1997 set of WAPIOSA, Nkanu Ukpabi mentioned his set would award scholarships to all of the gold medalists in Yellow House.

He mentioned, “We are only a slice on the pizza however I can let you know that we’re in control of about 99 % of every thing that occurs on this college; we now have touched each venture on this college. 

“We have two units of scholarships, the indigent college students’ scholarship that we did final time for 12 college students, which we are going to multiply to 44… from no matter degree they’re till they move out, together with WAEC and NECO.

“For today’s celebration, every gold medalist in Yellow House, that is our House, is entitled to a scholarship. But for others, including the indigent students, we have a committee, a project managing team that will go round and check every house to know those qualified for the scholarship.”

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