KULIM – The Education Ministry plans to set up a sports school in Kedah as part of an effort to improve the quality of sports, as well as realise the agenda of becoming a sports country.
Its minister, Datuk Seri Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, said currently there are five national sports schools in the country, namely at Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur; in Johor, Terengganu, Pahang and Sabah.
“For the northern area, there is none yet, except the state’s sports school. Hence, we plan to have a national sports schools in the northern area, and the plan is in Kedah,” he told reporters after launching the 2017 National Tennis Sports Development Programme at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Taman Jelutong here today.
Mahdzir said the proposed setting up of the sports school would not involve building of a new school.
It can be done by upgrading an existing school to a national-level sports school, he added.
However, he said, the ministry would into several aspects and evaluate potential schools for the proposed project.
Meanwhile, Mahdzir said implementation of the One Student One Sport programme showed encouraging progress.
“This follows the school-based assessment which now also takes into account co-curriculum and sports,” he added.
On the 2017 National Tennis Sports Development Programme, Mahdzir said he hoped the programme, held with the collaboration of the ministry, Lawn tennis Association of Malaysia (LTAM) and the National Sports Council (NSC), would produce more athletes to represent the country at international meets. – BERNAMA