Parents can help with a bit of praise

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 August, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 09 August, 2002, 12:00am

Words of encouragement are what fifth formers are looking to their parents for this week, not critical questions about exam results, according to a youth centre's survey.

'Continue to work hard', 'Don't give up' and 'Grades aren't everything. All that matters is you tried your best' would be welcome comments, according to a study conducted by the Tai Hang Youth Centre.

HKCEE results were released on Wednesday.

The survey showed that 40 per cent of parents were incapable of praising their children, said social worker Ching Kin-cho.

He added that nearly 60 per cent of parents believe promotion to Form Six was better for their children's future, which added to students' pressure.

The survey also found that many parents were as anxious as their children about exam results.