Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario

October 06, 2005 16:58 ET

FITNESS PLAN NEEDS CAREFUL IMPLEMENTATION, ELEMENTARY TEACHERS SAY

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Education Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 6, 2005) - Education Minister Gerard Kennedy has taken laudable first steps to improve the health of Ontario students, the president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) said today.

"We applaud the emphasis on increasing physical activity and the funds earmarked to train teachers and provide resources," said ETFO President Emily Noble.

"However we are anxious to see how the Minister's plan will be implemented," Noble said.

She pointed out that the program must be taught by qualified physical education teachers and that schools must have suitable facilities and appropriate equipment and resources.

"Also, if we are adding time for physical education other aspects of the existing curriculum will have to be modified," Noble stated.

"Twenty minutes is a good start. But to really have an impact on fitness, and to set a pattern that will last their whole lives, children should have 40 minutes of activity each day," she added.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 70,000 public elementary teachers and education workers across Ontario and is the largest teacher federation in Canada outside Quebec.
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Contact Information

  • Johanna Brand
    Primary Phone: 416-962-3836 ext. 2339
    Secondary Phone: 416-948-2554
    Toll-Free: 888-838-3836
    E-mail: jbrand@etfo.org