While watching The Project on channel ten this afternoon, I saw a very interesting segment about the recent approval by the Andrews Government. Swimming lessons will be a MANDATORY part of the school curriculum for all schools in Victoria.
According to the Canberra Times, every child has to be able to swim a minimum of 50 metres by the time they finish grade 6. The Education Minister James Merlino said, “Many schools deliver an intensive swimming program, many schools have a swimming carnival that may be a day a year, but a number of schools do precious little when it comes to swimming survival and learning how to swim.”
I believe this is a great first step and that swimming lessons should be mandatory across all states in Australia, not just Victoria. However, the government needs to make sure there is adequate funding available for the schools so that other parts of the curriculum don’t suffer as a result.
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