All primary students in S China’s Hainan required to learn swimming by end of August to avoid safety hazards
According to the latest requirements of local education department, all primary school students in South China’s Hainan Province have to master swimming skills by the end of August in order to cope with possible safety risks in the summer season. Students from elementary to junior high school must all learn to swim by the end of November this year.
In a conference held on Tuesday, the Hainan Education Department asked several local authorities to seriously reflect on the pain caused to families by accidents involving students that have happened so far this year and urged to make every effort to improve and promote swimming education for primary and secondary school students with solid actions. The department made a call to ramp up swimming education as an important local project and to make the public felt more at ease.
The local education department required all swimming pools in the province to be put into use by Tuesday and instructed primary and secondary schools and qualified training institutions to seize the favorable opportunity of summer vacation to launch a swimming education campaign. For the 13 townships where swimming pools are not yet covered, local authorities will urge the construction of swimming pools to be put into use by the end of November.
Swimming education has long been a concern for the authorities in various Chinese provinces as well as schools at all levels. In 2017, the Hainan provincial government issued the “Hainan Provincial Implementation Plan for Popularization of Swimming Education for Primary and Secondary School Students,” which proposed that the province would take three years to popularize swimming education in primary and secondary schools. The plan included the basic completion of the construction of at least one swimming pool in each township by 2018, allowing more than 50% of primary and secondary school students to learn to swim and the inclusion of swimming competitions on the secondary school games.