Voices Of Youth

CCAs too focused on achievements

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However, in many schools, the true spirit of CCA has been replaced by the pursuit of glory.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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 25, 2017, with the headline 'CCAs too focused on achievements'. Print Edition | Subscribe