Ministry circular causing ‘confusion’ in sports- Mutuku

Ministry circular causing 'confusion' in sports- Mutuku

The recent circular from the Ministry of Education on restricting co-curricular activity to weekend and school holidays has been called to review since it is causing confusion on days of ‘religious’ observance.

Speaking over the weekend, Thomas Mutuku who is the Coordinator of the Secondary School Games in Muvuti Zone, Machakos County, claimed the circular was affecting them most due to their faith.

“We are Christians, and I don’t’ see the meaning of playing on either Sunday or Saturday since all these events are in the curriculum. I’m therefore, appealing to the Teachers’ Service Commission to adjust that programme.

“When we are having Metropolitan Games, there are co-ordination clinics for referees and other officials, travelling logistics and other vital issues which must be catered for thus more time is needed for preparations,” Mutuku declared.

He further appealed to secondary school principals from the region to lend more support to improve the standard of the games in the area.

Mutuku announced basketball clinics would be organised for coaches, referees and students in parts of Machakos County.

“I have conducted clinics in Masinga, Yatta, Machakos, Kangundo and Matungulu and the biggest challenge is the exposure of referees.

“When you are trained and exposed, you can transmit that knowledge to students and identify players who can play basketball following the rules, not street basketball,” Mutuku underscored.

He blamed schools for leaving their playing fields in a derelict state saying it was posing difficulty in finding good courts to play basketball.

“Many grounds are taken care of during games and after that, they are left and washed away by rain water making the playing surface bumpy. Many courts here have holes and are eventually unplayable,” Mutuku lamented.

During a semi final match Kyandili Secondary School basketball team walloped Mikuini Boys’ 44-15.

-Report by Douglas Mutiso and Boniface Muasya 

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