Feb 27, 2012, 12:42 PM
The Minister of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) has applauded the opening of the multimillion dalasi athletic tracts at the national Independence Stadium on Thursday, saying this would be of great boost to sports activities of especially students and youth.
The tracts have been abandoned for renovation for some years.
Hon. Fatou Lamin Faye was speaking to the media at the end of the annual Interregional Athletic Championship for Lower Basic School organised in commemoration of the 51st National Independence from British colonial rule.
The event showed Region One on the top of the list with 311 points followed by defending champions Region Two with 305 points.
Region Three came third with 287 points, Region Five took fourth with 263 points, Region Six occupied the fifth place with 232 points, and Region Four came sixth with 228 points.
According to her, the ministry had gone very far in improving the country’s rank in athletics from strength to strength with her partner Ministry of Youth and Sports.
At her end, she said the idea is “to improve the number of physical and health education teachers and upgrade those in the field to higher levels” of the specialized sport with a view to encouraging the students in their sporting career.
The Director of Region Four Education Directorate, Musa N.K. Susso, whose team finished at the bottom of the table, considered the lower basic contest as competitive.
In response to what the results suggest for his region whose position was second for the past two consecutive years, he said “winners are always targeted” in competitions.
“It proves to us that the previous benchmark for the best result is no longer worthy of its name,” he said, adding that as the game is developing, new records are evolving, which is expected to continue.