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Sweden's school children to get in shape from 2019

Julkaistu tisdag 16 maj kl 16.18
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Sweden performs badly compared to many other countries when it comes to teh amount of sports lessons taught at secondary school level.
Sweden performs badly compared to many other countries when it comes to teh amount of sports lessons taught at secondary school level. Foto: Anders Wiklund/TT

Education minister Gustav Fridolin announced on Tuesday that children in secondary schools will have 100 more hours of sports and health lessons  in the future.

It gives a better possibility for teachers in sport and health to reach those pupils who exercise the least," says Education minister Gustav Fridolin of the Green Party, who had previously been against more hours dedicated to sports in school.

At a press conference Tuesday, the government said it plans to expand the amount of sports lessons from a minimum of 500 hours per pupil attending school from first to ninth grade, to 600 hours. The increase is being targeted at 7th to 9th graders, equivalent to one more lesson a week.

The government also announced plans to get children to move about more during break times.

Skolverket, the Swedish National Agency for Education, has been given the task of looking into how sports and health lessons can be expanded by 100 hours at secondary school level from 2019.

Sweden has the least amount of sports lessons at secondary school level compared to almost every other country in Europe, according to research by the European Commission.

A study on behalf of the Nordic Council of Ministers also suggests that 68 percent of school children in Sweden do not move enough everyday. The International Organization for Health, WHO, says that you should move for at least an hour a day.

Tuesday's proposals have broad support in parliament.

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