Parents are educators, too
Many parents doubt the abilities of some teachers. They blame teachers for the ignorance of students. That's not fair.
Because of their hectic lifestyles, many parents don't pay attention to their children's studies. As a result, they simply rely on schools to educate their children. But is it possible for teachers to look after all students, all the time? Probably not. The most important part of education should be shouldered by parents.
Many parents also focus on the wrong things. They care only about their children's grades. They want their children to memorise everything and score high marks. That attitude is short-sighted.
Moreover, some parents are too strict. They force their children to study all the time, leaving them little time to relax. That is unhelpful. Children should discover the joys of learning for themselves.
Students will only learn well if they are motivated and interested in their studies. Parents should fully support them.
Ben So, Maryknoll Fathers' School
We need better health care
Most medical personnel working in public hospitals face increasing workloads and rising expectations from the public. They are under too much pressure. So more and more experienced doctors and nurses move to the private sector, where they are offered better salaries and working conditions. That places even more pressure on medical professionals who stay behind in public hospitals.
I think we are facing a breakdown in health services.
Overworked doctors and nurses are more prone to making mistakes. They're mentally and physically worn out. In the past few years, some serious medical mishaps have occurred. Several patients even died because of careless mistakes made by medical staff. That is too high a price to pay. All patients deserve proper care. They should not fall victim to the effects of staff shortages in hospitals.
In other cases, patients who need urgent life-saving surgeries may have to wait too long. Some may not survive. Meanwhile, if you can afford private care, you won't have to suffer from such delays. In effect, that means rich people have better medical care than the poor.
The government needs to do far more to improve the situation. Both medical professionals and patients will benefit as a result.
Wong Wing-sze, SKH Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School
Food wastage is a serious issue
In the article 'Supermarkets dumping 29 tonnes of food a day' (South China Morning Post, May 28), it was reported that lots of edible food items were thrown out by supermarket chains.
Many people around the world are starving. They desperately need food. Yet Hong Kong's four supermarket chains waste 29 tonnes of edible food every day.
I have some suggestions to help prevent food from being thrown out by the supermarkets. The chains could donate edible food to scavengers and poor people.
The supermarkets could form a special team of volunteers to hand out food. The teams could sort through the daily waste and separate edible food from that which is inedible.
I am sure there are a lot of fruit and vegetables that can be used by the needy.
Supermarket chains should make sure they don't stockpile too much food to prevent wastage.
Siwan Lui, Tin Shui Wai Methodist College
YouTube is no classroom
'YouTube classrooms' have become very popular. Teachers use the video-sharing website to give free lectures on maths, science and other subjects.
I don't think such virtual videos can replace face-to-face interaction with the teacher. It's true that learning through online classrooms is much more convenient than the 'real thing'. For example, students can easily revise what they've learned on the internet. They also receive answers to their questions in the comments section.
Still, there's no real-life teacher-student interaction.
In a real-life classroom, teachers can also discover each student's weaknesses much more easily. So they can find specific ways to help their students.
Kitty Choy, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School