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Are students spending too much time on CCAs?

Little time for homework and rest, say some, but others say hours worth it

Published on Mar 31, 2014 8:12 AM
 
Principals interviewed said schools monitor students’ CCA time to ensure a balance. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

Madam Lee Hui Ling's daughter was in for a shock when she joined her secondary school band.

She has practice three times a week - a total of 12 hours - and there is even more during performances and competitions. This was a jump from her once-a-week Chinese orchestra practice of five hours in primary school.

As a result, the Secondary 2 student in an independent girls' school is exhausted when she goes home around 7pm. By the time she goes to bed after homework, it is past midnight or 1am.

Like her, many students involved in co-curricular activities (CCAs) - compulsory for those in secondary school - end up with little time for rest and homework, say parents, who are asking if the Ministry of Education should review the time spent on such activities.

 
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Background story

STUDENT'S VIEW

Even though the hours are a bit long, CCA is worth it because it releases study-related stress, I learn new things and mix with friends.

- Cassandra Lim, who is in a guzheng ensemble

PARENT'S VIEW

(It is) good exercise. It must be balanced too. Students cannot neglect their studies.

- Madam Esther Yap, on her son's badminton CCA