By Ifeanyi Okolie
SPORTS and sporting activities in academic curricula have been described as a veritable tool through which excellence in pupils can be measured.
This was the view of the Director of Primarks Schools, Lagos, Prince Olusegun Omolere, while addressing journalists weekend at the sports complex of the University of Lagos, Akoka moments after the schools maiden inter-house sports competition held at the ivory tower.
He therefore, wants governments at all levels toÂ make sports a compulsory activity in schools, stressing that it will enhance the learning abilities of students and equally promote good social behaviour in the society.Â To Prince Omolere, sports and education are inseparable and therefore,Â â€œSince sports and education are related, kids who engage in sporting activities can actually do better academically and have enhanced social skills.
Sports also help prevent drug and alcohol abuse, and children that participate in sports are less likely to smoke cigarette and, if they do, are wont to quit immediately. Their metal alertness will be improved and they will do marvelously well in class.
Continuing, Prince Omolere said, â€œThis is why we are asking governments at all levels to build a strong sporting culture within the schoolsâ€™ curricula by making inter-house sports a compulsory activity within the schools.Â The Lagos State Government has done well by upgrading the Principal Cup, which I believe will definitely change the face of football as a game in the grass root”.