KUANTAN - Schools should ensure sports is given priority besides academic achievements, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.
This was in line with the Government's aspirations to churn out competitive human capital and athletes of international standard, he said.
"To achieve this, the Education Ministry will implement a comprehensive programme to enhance sports development and management in schools and educational institutions.
"A sports development committee was also set up to plan, monitor and increase sports activities with the purpose of identifying and producing new talents in various sports," he said in his speech at the opening of the Malaysian Education Institutions Sports meet here yesterday.
A total of 1,281 athletes and officials from seven contingents will be competing for 273 medals during the meet.
Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said sports facilities in schools were also being upgraded to ensure all programmes could be carried out smoothly.
He said RM235mil (S$91.6m) had been allocated under the 10th Malaysia Plan for sports development involving 230 projects nationwide.
"Through active participation in sports, students can communicate, socialise and get to know one another better.
"This will help to foster unity and strengthen national integration in our education system," he said.