Extra-Curricular Activities – Entrance to a Better Secondary School?

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Many middle- to higher-income families enroll their children in music, art, sports or foreign language classes to increase their chances of being accepted into a good secondary school. However, this is found to put pressure on the children, which can harm their physical, emotional and mental health. I’m writing to express my opinion over this issue. According to Hong Kong policy, all children born in Hong Kong can enjoy 12 years of free education starting from primary 1. As every child enjoy an equal opportunity of being educated, good academic results can no longer ensure primary students an admission to a good secondary school as they all are expected to have good foundation in studies. Unless primary students are equipped with at least one specialization in sports, arts or both of them, which strengthen their competitiveness when compared to other students, they can hardly to be short-listed to gain the admission ticket to their favourite school or not even the interview. The major reason for this is that the schools don’t see a great potential in the students in helping the development of reputation of their schools. Since schools’ reputation is built on students’ academic results and their achievements in different fields, excellence in extra-curricular activities in students, the so called ‘strength of school’, is an undoubtedly high weighing factor in deciding whether to admit that student into the school. Therefore, for students to enroll in various kinds of activities is a necessity in the modern society.

However, some researches have shown that the reason behind students enrolling in different activities has contributed a considerable amount of pressure on students, causing harm to their physical, mental and emotional health. I need to point out this phenomenon just happens in some children, who aren’t able to manage their time well and don’t understand the true meaning of enrolling in different...
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