Scheme will enrich youngsters

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 October, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 October, 1998, 12:00am

The Government has decided to launch a scheme by which it will subsidise Form Five graduates who do voluntary work.

It is certainly a temporary way to help reduce the high levels of unemployment.

Most Form Five graduates are inexperienced.

Because their exam results were not satisfactory, they have been forced to leave school and look for work, but because of the economic recession, this is proving difficult.

Even holders of university degrees (first and post-graduate degrees) are having problems finding a job.

Apart from giving these young people something to do, this scheme also helps them to develop and mature as they pay more attention to the community.

Through participating in the scheme, they will become more informed about the social problems experienced by the many disadvantaged people who live in Hong Kong.

The graduates will meet people from many different walks of life, including the elderly, orphans and the handicapped.

However, the scheme has drawn a lot of criticism.

Some people think it is unworkable as the subsidy is so low it cannot meet the youngsters' daily needs, so they will not want to join it.

Despite these criticisms, however, and the fact that in the long term, it will not ease the economic crisis, I think it is a good idea.

It may not help the youngsters much financially, but they will be enriched in other ways.