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Athletes from Sports School, regular schools ‘on level playing field’

The Sports School competes in less than half of 28 sports offered at the National School Games, according to the Ministry of Education.

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Education (MOE) has sought to allay concerns that student athletes from regular schools are not competing on a level playing field with their counterparts from the Singapore Sports School.

Numbers revealed in Parliament on Wednesday (July 9) showed the Sports School competes in less than half of 28 sports offered at the National School Games. Last year, of the 110 championships organised for the ‘B’ and ‘C’ Divisions at the secondary school level, the Sports School contested in 46 and won 16 National titles.

“(This) … shows that other schools can also perform well when pitted against the Sports School,” said Senior Parliamentary Secretary (Education and Manpower) Hawazi Daipi in Parliament.

Mr Hawazi was responding to a question tabled by Non-Constituency Member of Parliament Lina Chiam, who had asked if the MOE would consider re-looking the competition framework for inter-school games to ensure “a level playing field” between athletes from regular schools and the Sports School.

Mr Hawazi noted that, where appropriate, the Sports School “deliberately sends relatively junior players to compete (in the games), as part of their development”. He also assured that funds are allocated to schools to “develop their Co-Curricular Activities, including sports.”

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