Co-curricular activities

Published Date: 01 February 2021 09:00 PM

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NAME AND CONSTITUENCY OF MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT

Mr Shawn Huang Wei Zhong, Jurong GRC

QUESTION

To ask the Minister for Education for 2019 and 2020 (a) what is the median number of sporting co-curricular activities (CCAs) and non-sporting CCAs available in primary and secondary schools; and (b) which primary and secondary school offered (i) the most number of sporting CCAs and non-sporting CCAs and (ii) the least number of sporting CCAs and non-sporting CCAs.

RESPONSE

1. In Primary Schools, the median number of Physical Sports CCA is 5 for both 2019 and 2020, and that of non-sports CCA is 12 in 2019 and 11 in 2020. For Secondary Schools, the median number of Physical Sports CCA is 6 for both 2019 and 2020 and that of non-sports CCA 15 in 2019 and 14 in 2020.

2. There are typically more non-sports CCA than Physical Sports CCAs in schools as non-sports CCAs span a wide range of domains, from Visual and Performing Arts, Uniformed Groups to Clubs and Societies.

3. We prefer not to single out the schools with fewer CCAs. Many of them face genuine constraints such as lower student enrolments. So it would not be fair to compare them with schools with much higher enrolments and therefore more CCAs. Instead our approach is to proactively help these schools by offering selected CCAs outside of school. This includes Strategic Partnership CCAs for Athletics and Ethnic Dance. We are studying what other measures we can undertake to help students in these schools access a broader range of CCAs, based on their interests and needs.

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