Why did you join your CCA for? Why did you spend time clocking CIP hours? For the uninitiated, CCA stands for Core Curricular Activity, and CIP stands for Community Involvement Program. CCAs are supposed to allow students to learn new skills and interests that are not confined to studying in the classroom. CCAs include musical groups, uniform groups and interest clubs like IT Club. CIP, on the other hand, is designed to encourage students to contribute more to society. Students accumulate CIP hours through events like collection of recycling materials from HDB blocks, going to old folks home to perform, as well as giving home tuition to poor students.
The main point of CIP and CCA is that points will be awarded for them, and such accumulation of points will in the end be graded and can be used as bonus points for entry admission to further studies. Being a point system based thing, one may wonder if students are doing them for the sake of points, or for the sake of healthy interest and a willingness to contribute to society? Naturally, students will complete the minimum hours needed for CIP, as well as put in the minimum effort needed in CCAs, and get maximum benefits. Such a system may well be making students a little “point-minded”, or overly zealous in point accumulation rather than personal development.
Let me ask you a question, why did you join your CCA for? Is it for passion for the subject matter or to challenge yourself for improvement? If then, you should continue to work hard in your CCA. If you joined for an easy time or low commitment or just solely for the CCA points, without them you would never have joined in the first place, then I guess you might as well not have a CCA.
This is especially so when you reach university level, where CCA is not compulsory and CCA points are used for priority in halls rather than for anything else. As a result, you find that CCA participation is very much lesser in universities than in secondary school or junior college.
I for one, do not have a CCA in university. I found them to be a little waste of time in my opinion because I do not have the interest in any of the CCAs. I found myself wanting to do other things other than CCA, and I used the spare time to do my own project, NextTutor. Through the project, I learnt a good many things, like a new computer language -PHP, as well as other skills in attracting more visitors blablabla. To me, I learn more from this than from any other CCA.
However, I guess the is no chance that the point system be withdrawn because once it is withdrawn, people stop going for CCAs, and many people will lose the motivation to join something, of which some of them may develop a healthy interest in. Though school forced CCA requires a point system, it is the self who is enriched. Thus it is us that should choose our path wisely.