Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, the Honourable Jonel Powel said school sporting activities will resume in a strategic and targeted manner.

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts -– Sporting activities in schools will resume in a strategic and targeted manner, according to Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, the Honourable Jonel Powel.

“The Sports Department has put together a task force which is working with all the national associations and sporting disciplines to ensure that there are certain protocols in place specific to each discipline to allow for the resumption of those sports,” said Hon. Powel.

He said the task force includes a representative from the Ministry of Education, who is charged with overseeing the resumption of school sporting activities in light of the protocols established.

“When we start football competitions again, the task force will advise the schools on what they need to do and how they carry out the football competition,” said Minister Powell. “As far as possible, we at the Ministry of Education with the help of the Department of Sport will ensure that even within the school system, we have the necessary protocols in place even when it’s not competitive.”

Powel said physical education (PE) will be reinstituted in schools. He outlined that PE is usually done in the fresh air, which is the best thing for the kid.

“Exercise is one of the things that keeps the body healthy and in a better position to fight off not just the coronavirus but any other viruses, so we want to encourage that,” said Powell. He said physical education is one of the pillars of the Federation’s education system and curriculum and that he and his ministry encourage it.