Tough tests counter-productive

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 February, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 February, 2000, 12:00am

I refer to the letter headlined, 'Punishing workload bad for young minds' (South China Morning Post, February 10), regarding the study burden facing SAR students.

As a private tutor of a Primary Three student studying in a prestigious school, I sympathise with these students who are under so much pressure.

Take, for example, a recent spelling test, where my pupil had to learn so many difficult words such as 'Hong Kong Special Administrative Region' and 'chrysanthemum', as well as a long list of scientific terminology. Sadly, I found that a week later, when I asked her to do the same spelling test, she just handed back a blank sheet of paper.

Does anyone ever ask if this cramming is effectively suffocating them? Their brains are already full of facts.

If the education authority cares about the welfare of future generations it should not turn a deaf ear to the warnings coming from teachers and people like your correspondent.

EMMY JAN Kowloon