Q Should the exam authority revise security arrangements?
The HKCEE is an important stage in a student's life. Candidates put in painstaking efforts to deal with these important exams. They have spent about 14 years studying and working hard to succeed.
Markers misplacing papers seriously affects the future of candidates. The option of resitting the exams and receiving an assessed grade is not fair for candidates whose exams have been lost. No one can promise the candidates who resit the exam they will get the same result as the one scored in their first attempt. The possible stress of having to resit the exams may affect their performance, and is completely unfair.
Students have the responsibility to study hard and devote every effort to their exams. The markers have the responsibility to mark papers fairly, without any selfishness and personal sentiments. Keeping exam papers secure is the most important duty of the markers. The exam authority should revise security arrangements as soon as possible to protect candidates' right to a successful future.
Shek Lam-na, Tseung Kwan O
Q Are the city's pay-TV channels good value?
I subscribe to NOW Broadband TV and in the beginning enjoyed some of the programmes. It has now been a year or so since signing up and I find most of the channels are showing the same programmes over and over again.
For instance, Discovery H&L: how many more times must we watch A Plane is Born or A Car is Born, or the forever repeating Wheeler Dealers, etc? BBC Prime is no better, with nothing, it seems, but cooking programmes, The Weakest Link or Top of the Pops. Don't we get enough of this on the local television channels? Most of the programmes are old (Top Gear, Fifth Gear, etc), as well as out of date.
The movie channels also are dreadful. Do they have no quality control? I have written to NOW Broadband but all they reply is that they have forwarded the letter to the programme provider.
Unfortunately, I signed up until the end of this year. NOW Broadband have said they will automatically update my subscription unless they hear otherwise.
Well, let them be told now, I don't want to renew my subscription when it finishes because it's a waste of money.
Roger Brooks, Sai Kung
A pay-television channel is definitely good value. As a Form Six student, I always enjoy watching NOW TV. The programmes offer a wide selection ranging from health and science to geography; even through the monthly fee is quite jaw-dropping.
I'm not going to try to sell NOW TV to anyone, but it really does me a good turn and helps me learn about the world.
At my age of 18, it is high time I absorbed issues from different aspects. Pay-television channels give me an injection of knowledge.
Different people have different preferences for programmes. The provision of pay television delivers the dishes that suit different customers' tastes.
Some people may complain about the cost of pay television, but as the name suggests, you have to pay for it.
Obtaining knowledge should not depend on how much we've spent. Our knowledge will soon turn into a part of our wealth.
Michael Woo, Ho Man Tin
On other matters...
Thanks to the Ma On Shan Rail, transport in the east coast of Shing Mun River channel has improved. Yet the hilly side of Kwun Tong district, ie, Shun Lee and Sau Mau Ping, is not accessed by the railway system and residents need to interchange with other public transport at Kwun Tong station.
This is similar to how Ma On Shan residents had to change at Fo Tan station before the opening of Ma On Shan Rail. This is very inconvenient.
Let us hope the government and the MTR Corp can focus on railway development in Kwun Tong, Hong Kong's second most populated district, while citizens enjoy the Ma On Shan Rail in Sha Tin, the most populated district.
Jacky Wong, Tsim Sha Tsui
On Sunday on Tai Long Wan beach, we witnessed a woman being picked up by a rescue helicopter after receiving the smallest of wounds from a shih-tzu lapdog.
Her injury did not warrant this expensive style of rescue.
She was offered a lift on the nicest of boats with staff and medical provisions but refused and instead cost taxpayers a lot of money by being rescued by a service that should be kept for true emergencies. Does the government ask time-wasters to pay in such events?
Fiona Overton, Clearwater Bay
I am a regular bus commuter who has experienced some of the problems noted in your article 'Too hot, too cold, bus commuters suffer either way (August 8).
It is nice to know there are many folks (33 per cent according to Green Sense) who also feel the air-conditioned buses are too cold. It is one thing to have a super-cold bus in summer, but it is absolutely mind-boggling to have a cold bus in winter.
If a more than 10 degrees Celsius difference is detrimental to one's health in the summer, I wonder how many sicknesses and eventual sick leave the bus companies contribute to, leading to huge economic losses for Hong Kong as a whole.
I would like to ask the bus companies, such as New World Bus, whether buses have any temperature adjusting features on their air-conditioning systems as opposed to just an on/off switch. If not, why are the buses not equipped with such systems?
Jimmy Wong, South Horizons