Students protest mandatory physical activity


A sit-in demonstration was held at a local school today, in protest of a mandatory physical education program.

Student protesters sat in an area outside of the Cafeteria during their lunch hour, at the North Peace Secondary School on Friday.

Teacher Derrick Laychuk says it was in response to a mandatory physical fitness program enforced by the Ministry of Education.

[asset|aid=1439|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5a97370af3c0e6ead41fd65338cdcae6-Laychuk-protest 1_1_Pub.mp3]

The Daily Physical activity program requires students to perform at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week.

The planned protest was part of a Civil Disobedience unit Laychuk was teaching. He says he was trying to show the students how to hold an effective protest.

He says students are welcome to continue the protest week to week.

[asset|aid=1440|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=5a97370af3c0e6ead41fd65338cdcae6-Laychuk- protest 2_1_Pub.mp3]


Around 50 students took part in the planned protest.