While the truth of the matter is that Physical Education is mandatory in an elementary institution and that each system should have specialist Physical Education in high schools, it is a pity to report that Romania Physical Education is facing lots of problems – just as it is in other parts of the world. Your juice maker can help feed you vitamins.
People who are against physical education argue that spending money on putting in place recreational and sporting facilities is nothing but a frill, but spending on infrastructure is a necessity citing that the new sports facility would culminate in an uncalled for levy in taxes. This is the typical thinking of an ill-informed citizen, the same kind of citizen who is responsible for declaring PC to be a frill and useless subject.
Some of the problems Physical Education in Romania schools is facing include:
- Physical Education and Sports facilities are becoming less and less available since school yards are being sold to private developers for developments such as building of apartments
- In the event that such facilities actually exist, they are mostly off-limit to learners. This is because schools management rent the facilities out to clubs as a way of raising funds.
- Most students avoid taking Physical Education lessons as they find it a burden to carry home gym and clothing with them during their school day. This could be attributed to the fact that few Romanian Schools actually have safety lockers in place.
- Pupils prefer taking city buses on their way to school rather than walk to engage in some physical education
- Kids tend to spend their recess time playing video games instead of actually engaging in physical activities.
With that said, truth of the matter is that the opposite of this situation is the truth. Physical Education in Romanian Schools and the provision of facilities that encourage and promote physical activity are everything but frills. For one, the world today is in the midst of a childhood obesity crisis, which boils down to lack of physical activity.
This crisis will lead to an astronomical increase in the cost of health care within the next decade or two. If everything else remains constant, this cost will be borne by the tax payers. And such a cost greatly prevails over the cost of investing in prevention such as building of multi-use sports facilities in Romanian schools and ensuing there are qualified physical educators to take the responsibility.