Rude teachers are setting bad example

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 April, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 April, 2001, 12:00am
 

I am shocked by the 'cavemen' attitude of some Hong Kong people when they use their mobile phones.


I recently attended some seminars organised by the Education Department and publishers.


I could not understand why participants at the meetings could leave their phones on. I wonder if they, being teachers, are so busy that they must be constantly available.


I thought their inconsiderate attitude was terrible. They did not consider that the ringing of the phone could disturb other people at the meeting. I felt that they were being very disrespectful. On one occasion, experts from the UK were giving a talk about learning difficulties. The fact that people in the audience with their ringing mobiles were supposedly highly educated, did not reflect well on Hong Kong.


If some teachers in Hong Kong can be so inconsiderate, it is difficult to blame our students for being rude, for they have no role models and convincing examples to look up to.


There should have been a request before each of the meetings started, asking people to switch off their phones. It is possible to switch off the ringing tone, but still find out if someone is calling, because the mobile phone will vibrate if there is an incoming call.


EMILY MAK


Kwai Chung


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