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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 August, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 August, 2005, 12:00am

Let's fight crime

My wallet was snatched by a thief while I was walking along a street in Mong Kok recently.

I tried to catch him, but he was too fast for me. I cried for help, but no one responded. I felt really angry. The crime rate in Hong Kong seems to be rising these days.

More and more people are appealing to the authorities to take effective action to curb crime.

Faced with criminals, people react differently. Some become so frightened that they tend to give up and turn a blind eye to crime.

Others, however, are brave enough to fight the criminals, risking even their own lives.

Criminals must be punished severely.

It's also urgent that we set up a fund to reward those who fight against criminals or report crimes to the police.

Henry Ng Cheuk-hei

SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School

Surviving lightning

Lightning is an electrical discharge in the atmosphere.

It is very similar to a spark and is usually the product of a thunderstorm. An airplane is protected from lightning by the craft's aluminium skin which conducts electricity. Therefore, a plane is usually safe from lightning strikes.

If you are a passenger on an airplane and you fly into a thunderstorm, you need not worry.

Walton Wong

SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School

Teaching methods effect attitudes

Many teachers have their own teaching methods.

A conservative teacher may require that pupils first read over an article, and then he asks questions and the students answer him. That is a boring lesson.

My Chinese and English teachers have different ways of teaching. My English teacher's policy made my class very unhappy.

But our Chinese teacher allows us to ask questions.

If we have no questions, he will talk about some interesting topics in Chinese history.

That is fun!

The teaching methods effect students' attitudes towards their lessons. Frankie Wong Wai-leung

SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School

Say 'no' to drugs

Drug abuse is a serious problem. Most of the abusers are curious teenagers. Peer pressure also has a lot to do with drug abuse as teenagers want to be trendy.

Parents also don't have time to look after their children. Some film stars smoke and abuse drugs in movies and teenagers copy them. The government and schools must educate children about drug abuse. And all must say 'no' to drugs. So Siu-Ling

Our Lady of the Rosary College

Value time

Time is a gift. It is much more precious than sapphires or diamonds.

It is invaluable. You can't control it whether you are rich or poor, young or old. If you have regrets, don't dwell on them. We must enjoy every day, every hour, every minute and every second.

Carol Chan

Shun Lee Catholic Secondary School

There's more to life than exams

I read an article recently which compared the stress faced by Taiwan youth with that of Hong Kong teenagers.

I felt quite relieved after reading the piece.

The Taiwanese face two major exams in three years and about four mock exams every six months. Taiwan has a very strong exam culture. We only face two public examinations.

Apart from learning from books, Taiwanese youth can do other things, such as voluntary work and travelling to enhance their knowledge. Voluntary activities and travelling can enrich your life.

There is no doubt that acquiring academic knowledge is important, but developing positive life values is also crucial.

If you convert life's stress to positive energy, you will be a lot more happier. Zenia

Ju Ching Chu Secondary School (Kwai Chung)

Knowledge not only needed for tests

When we study in school, we work hard and listen to the teacher carefully.

When we go home, we revise and do extra exercises.

This is because we want to get better results in the examinations or tests.

But does anyone think that learning is not only for exams or tests?

How can a boss employ a person who does not know anything?

For example, if we learn English well, we can communicate with others easily.

Exams or tests only provide a summary of a subject.

Otto Ho Ho-Ting

Shun Lee Catholic Secondary School

Eat right, stay slim

Many students are very nervous and study all night during exams.

A lot of students drink coffee to have a clear mind and avoid being sleepy. But the caffeine in coffee may effect their health in the long run. It also destroys our healthy skin. It is difficult not to eat any food when we stay up late but it is easy to gain weight that way. Many people like to eat instant noodles as a late-night snack. Then they can gain weight easily. Eating fruit is much healthier as it provides more nutrition.

A good breakfast is also very important. If we don't have breakfast, we are indeed starving ourselves and thisaffects our concentration in class.

Shirley Li Swi-fong

SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School

Unfashionably late

People say that ladies have a right to be late because they need more time to dress up nicely, to put on the makeup or to pack up their belongings.

I study at a girls' school and the situation is very bad.

Time management is a tough thing to learn, especially for girls.

You may think that a timetable is troublesome. However, I suggest you plan ahead. Come on, girls!

Don't be late anymore!

Crystal Yiu Sin-yan

Pooi To Middle School