Jobs pave way to the future

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 September, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 September, 1998, 12:00am

Some people say that teenagers should not be allowed to do part- time jobs. Why not? Do jobs interfere with the teenagers' studies? Nonsense! How about those who spend their weekends with their dates, watching television or playing mindless electronic games? Needless to say, it is much better to work, because then they can at least learn a thing or two from the 'outside world'.

Teenagers will be able to fend for themselves if they have a job. Having experienced responsibility, they will be able to handle problems rationally.

When this happens, they may find that academic results, after all, are not everything.

Once they become more mature, school life may not be so stressful.

Moreover, the teenagers can use their salaries from part-time jobs to buy their favourite reference books.

This may stimulate their interest in studies.

On the other hand, when teenagers find out what work really means, they may even try harder at school.

Furthermore, they may realise that their parents are working so hard in order to earn a living.

That will lead to more respect for them and will help to bridge the generation gap.

In addition, one thing we should bear in mind is that almost one-fourth of our life is spent in school.

Therefore, we should take part in different activities so as to lead meaningful lives as students.

Education is mainly to prepare a child for the future. Don't you think it would be better for teenagers to have part-time jobs so as to have as much experience as possible? Besides, wouldn't it be good if we had something memorable from each stage of our lives? Ka-ki is a pupil of Madam Lau Kam Lung Secondary School