CCAs should be viewed as avenues for students to have fun and unwind from the hectic schedules of school. Students should be given more resources in allowing them to set up their own CCAs. This article looks at some drawbacks and advantages of allowing self-initiated CCAs.
Funding would be the primary concern for schools when deciding to offer more self-initiated CCAs. If there is a need to hire an external coach with the right expertise, the coach might not come cheap.
More self-initiated CCAs would encourage students to look forward to CCAs. This would boost their enthusiasm in school and can also lead to better academics in terms of motivation and participation in classrooms.
On the other hand, having too many self-initiated CCAs could be a bad thing in the long run. If a particular CCA fails to meet a certain attendance level, it should be scrapped; following batches of students may not be interested in that CCA. Also, the school must encourage more students to join traditional CCAs so that the schools can discover their niche CCA and leverage on that during national school competitions.
In conclusion, there must be a balance between meeting students’ interests and desires for a particular CCA and its long-term viability. If the school feels there is a strong desire and support for a particular CCA that can also make the school stand out and be unique, then it should consider adopting it.