Co-curricular activities (CCAs) are an integral part of every student's school life. They aim to give students a holistic education and the opportunity to excel in a non-academic aspect.
However, in many schools, the true spirit of CCA has been replaced by the pursuit of glory. Achievements are more valued; the talented thrive and the weak warm the benches.
It is understandable that coaches favour talented students who have greater potential. It becomes a problem when they lose sight of the other students and sideline them in training.
This segregation is worse in schools with the Direct School Admission programme. When competitions near, non-competing students have their training made optional to free up space for the competing students.
Students choose to join a CCA because of their interest. Being sidelined and branded only as a reserve kills their passion for the CCA and their self-confidence.
Is this the kind of experience we want for our students?
Yau Ying Lin,16
Secondary 4 student
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