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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 May, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 May, 2006, 12:00am

Curiosity fuels paparazzi crusade

The paparazzi play an important role in society. They spend their time investigating the lives of the rich and famous, revealing all their embarrassing details. But are these reporters invading people's privacy?

Famous people have to expect that their private lives may be exposed, but does this mean the paparazzi don't need to take any responsibility for the damage they do?

In my opinion, I think stars have the right to live a private life and the paparazzi have the right to do their job. They do what they have to to get a photograph that will earn them money.

People's over-riding curiosity into the lives of the rich and famous is the biggest offender. People are always going to be interested in what celebrities do. But it is this desire for information that motivates the paparazzi to continue.

As readers, we should feel ashamed. We should refuse to read articles which invade other people's privacy. Then the paparazzi will disappear.

Jessica Lam Tsz-yan

SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School

Look beyond exam results

How we do in exams is important. Whether it's finding a job or even making friends, there will always be some people who think the most important thing is the grades written on your exam certificate. But should we judge a person purely on their qualifications?

Without formal qualifications, how would a person be able to prove how clever they are. Getting these qualifications shows a person has what it takes to pass some tough exams.

However some skills, like common sense, cannot be measured through exam results. Also poor people may be brilliant but not have the money to study and take exams, while rich people may be less competent but have the money to buy their qualifications.

In conclusion, qualifications are not the be-all and end-all. Some people may have outstanding exam results but never do particularly well in the workplace, while other less-qualified people may excel. In today's ever-evolving society, I think new ways of measuring people's skills need to be developed. Both workers and employers need to accept new ways of job assessment and be less obsessed with the grades on an exam certificate.

Chan Man

Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School

There's need for more No Plastic Bag Days

The No Plastic Bag Day on April 15 was a great success. Many Hongkongers took part in the event.

The campaign showed that Hong Kong residents are concerned about the environment. They showed little objection to the inconvenience caused by not getting plastic bags on the day. The event is a really good start. It has raised people's awareness and has given us a direction to follow. We should increase the frequency of no plastic bag days because doing it just once or even once a month is not enough.

Cheng Ka-kui

Shun Lee Catholic Secondary School

Money matters

I am writing to express my opinion on the story 'Teenagers pick gambling over investing (April 10)'.

Recently, a survey showed that Hong Kong teenagers more likely to gamble with their savings than invest them.

I think this is really a serious problem. If teenagers start gambling when they're young, they will develop bad habits. Imagine how these people will use their future salaries. They will gamble away their money rather than invest it.

But investing is not a game. It is a way to earn money by using one's financial knowledge. It is a good way to use savings and I think teenagers should learn how to invest instead of gambling.

I think the government should organise talks, seminars and workshops to teach teenagers how to use their money in a better way.

Parents also play an important role. They have to teach their children the correct way to manage their money.

Danny Ho

Methodist College

Stop punishing kids

Why is it that only children get punished, even for the tiniest mistakes? Not only do we get punished at home, but we even get punished at school.

My school has recently started a policy about missed homework. If we don't hand in our homework in the morning, we get detention for one hour. And there are no exceptions apart from being absent on

the day.

Even if you just forget to bring in your homework, you still get detention. Don't you think this is too much? I mean, we're only children, plus, its normal to forget, right?

I must have heard at least half the school complain about this policy when it started. It's just not fair. They could at least give us a few chances. For example, if we forget our homework say more than three or five times, then they can give us detention.

Kimberly Denise R. Dela Cruz

HKMA David Li Kwok Po College