Must change exam system

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 06 January, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 06 January, 1996, 12:00am

I REFER to Mr Leung Wai-man's letter headlined, 'Lacking in learning skills' (South China Morning Post, December 29).

This examination-orientated system is a serious problem for those parents who see their children becoming suicidal, because of their studies.

Mr Leung is very accurate in his observation that students' enthusiasm 'is wiped out' by the time they reach form three.

This is the price they have to pay for being subjected to this ritual of cramming facts which they forget after the exams are over.

The students are deprived of their leisure-time and spend their holidays having to work at their studies.

These 'happy days' are slipping away as students endure the agony of homework. No wonder we read about so many student suicides.

These suicides should bring home the message to our Education Department to do away with the regular norms of our examination system and introduce a broader, more international approach to our education.