Tough study schedule should not ruin health

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 06 May, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 06 May, 1997, 12:00am

Young people today shoulder fewer responsibilities than their forebears. They do not have to worry too much about financial problems - study seems their only concern.

Unfortunately, some students have no real control over their study life. The exam-oriented education system in Hong Kong is a constant worry and the lack of extra-curricular activities doesn't help.

Exam results are an indicator of one's ability to further his or her education. And so students dedicate all their time to studying. Some stay up late and ruin their health yet still fail exams.

Some say students must suffer the consequences of failing to manage their time properly. It's an unfortunate reality that most territory schools place great emphasis on performances in public exams. Some think teaching students physical education, for example, is just time-wasting.

But students who do not maintain a healthy body will be unable to get through the tough learning schedule. I believe all schools should pay equal attention to extra-curricular activities because students can benefit from improved health.

Today's youth generally lacks a sense of community, perhaps because the family unit is much smaller now.

An only child often gets all the attention from parents and can develop an 'all for one' attitude, never thinking of sharing with others.

Extra-curricular activities can teach a self-centred child discipline, communication skills and teamwork.

It's a pity most Hong Kong students have only one goal - getting high marks in examinations. They should realise it means nothing if a high score is not blended with a good personality, practical skills and problem-solving techniques. Hence the value of extra-curricular activities.

We must strike a balance between studying and recreational activities. Take a break from study to relax and remember the worth of an all-round, intelligent and sophisticated approach to learning.

Kacee is a pupil of Maria College