Yao’s effort found favor with the 21-member sports

panel of the CPPCC, where retired champions, sports officials, scholars and entreprene

urs agreed to make a joint proposal this year to call for greater investment and policy support from the edu

cation, finance and rural-urban development authorities to raise the level of student participation in sports.

In response, the Ministry of Education has pledged to enhance the

role of physical education on campus by making school PE classes more fun, providing be

tter training of PE teachers and investing more in facility upgrades as a primary task in 2019.

“We’ve taken serious measures to address the decline in student fitn

ess levels, and we have already seen results, but it seems the effort is still not eno

ugh,” Zhong Denghua, a vice-minister of education, said during a group discussion with the sports panel on Monday.