Physical education and sport in primary schools in Kenya: the case of central province
Njororai, W. W. S.
Gathua, S. M.
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Physical education and sport is one of the subjects in Kenya's educational curriculum. This study aimed at establishing the actual practice in schools and the possible suggestions that could enhance its effectiveness. A total of 118 teachers, with a background in physical education responded to a brief questionnaire. The questionnaire sought information pertaining to their demographic details, interest in sports, emphasis on the subject, sports desciplines offered, coaching competence, time-tabling of PE, level of emphasis, subject supervision and recommendations. The data were descriptively presented. among other findings, it is apparent that the subject is time-tabled, the sports disciplines emphasised are soccer, netball, athletics, volleyball and handball. The inspectors at the Ministry of Education rarely supervise the teaching of PE, that students are enthusiastic about sport, and that competent coaches are lacking in some disciplines. There is need for the government to lay more emphasis on the implementation of PE in schools by re-training teachers, holding regular in-service and other short term courses, formulation and implementation of an evaluation system, provision of a diversified range of facilities,and the inclusion of more sports disciplines that are competed in at the school competition levels.