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Schools say racial mix improving in sports


Chinese students play basketball, Malays football and Indians hockey.

The issue of co-curricular activities (CCAs) attracting specific ethnicities was raised by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam in September at the inaugural Majulah Lecture dialogue at the Nanyang Technological University.

And schools and coaches contacted by The Straits Times concede that some sports do draw more players from certain races.

In calling for "deepening multiculturalism from young", Mr Tharman flagged an observation: "I think our CCAs are too ethnically defined in practice, in ways that sometimes puzzles. Football today is different from what it was in the 1970s and 1980s - you look at our national team. All very good players. But it used to be a much more multiracial team in those days."

SHAPING A DIVERSE SOCIETY


CCA is also an opportunity to develop cultural awareness.

Jurong Secondary basketball player Celine Ng, 14, said: "Once at a team bonding event, a team member learnt that we shouldn't mix utensils for halal food with those for non-halal food."

BETTER DIVERSITY IN SCHOOLS
  
At Jurong Secondary School, the lower secondary girls' basketball team is made up of eight Chinese, three Malays and one Indian, while the boys team has nine Chinese, two Malays and one Indian.


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