Diamond Mission School,
P.O. Box 1354 AN,
Accra – Cantonments,
4th April, 2018.
The Chairman of Board of Governors,
Diamond Mission School,
Accra – Cantonments.
WHY SPORTS AND GAMES SHOULD BE GIVEN MORE ENCOURAGEMENT
I write to bring to your notice one of the most ignored aspects of extra-curricular activities in our amazing school – sports. Over the years there has been a gradual decline in sports activities which has led to a lot of frustration among the student body. Our sports team’s performance in the recent inter-school games was abysmal and has left a lot of unanswered questions over the steps taken to reverse the situation. Sir, I know academics is of high priority in every educational institution but kindly permit to throw more light on why sports and games should be encouraged in schools.
First of all, I would like to talk about the fact that, even though a career in academia is of high repute, it is not all students who are likely to end up in such fields. Some students are extremely talented in sports, and being denied the opportunity to put their talents to display will eventually fade it. There have been instances where students, due to their talents and diligence in sports, secured scholarships to high schools and even tertiaries. I suggest we should not dent the students of this opportunity when it arises.
Secondly, students need a way to balance the workload of school. Stressing students with just academics will ultimately suck out their interest in academic work. As we all know, all work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy. Most students’ only avenue to release their stress is through sports and games. The chores at home together with schoolwork stress out students. If sports and games were organized at least once a week, the high pressure and demand on the student body would be reduced.
Finally, as hinted earlier, our school has come under public scrutiny for abysmal performances during inter-school games. This is clearly as a result of a decline in ability on the part of our participants because they barely get the luxury of time to improve. It is important to note that these are some of the avenues for the school to churn in finance for further development of the school. The cash prizes from competitions such as this could be channelled into other development aspirations of the school.
Considering all these solid points, I hope that the board of governors of the school would thoughtfully reconsider its decision to re-ignite sports and games in the school. As students, we believe that the encouragement of sports and games will do well to sustain our interest in school. An ideal environment for students is one in which there is a stable balance between academics and entertainment. On this note, I am pleading on behalf of the student body to grant us this humble request. We hope our coordinated collaboration with the board of governors goes a long way to strengthen the healthy relationship with the student body.
Latunji Abdul Kadir.
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