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PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 July, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 03 July, 2006, 12:00am

Students cheated by fee fiasco

In the early 1990s, a new policy decreed that university undergraduate fees should be set at 18 per cent of the course cost.

But because of deflation and budget cuts at tertiary institutions, since 2001 students have been overcharged by several thousand dollars a year. Educators and students are demanding to know where the money has gone.

Neither the government nor universities have explained what has happened.

I am angry because students have been deceived. They paid their fees without question, only to find out they've been overcharged. I'm sure this has made students lose trust in the government and universities.

It is the students' money and they have the right to know where it has gone. To make the matter worse, there is no plan to return the money and the fees will not be cut. It shows that the government and universities have no intention of mending their ways.

Carol Lau

Methodist College

Ambitions flying high

One day I would like to be an air hostess or actress. I love travelling and acting. But I know I am not beautiful enough to be a TV star. Therefore, I choose air hostess as my first career choice.

I had travelled 16 times since I was three. Every time I step aboard a plane I feel excited. I remember a pretty air hostess who gave me two chocolate bars and a cup of ice cream when I was eight.

I will never forget her warm smile.

I have my career target. How about you?

Gladys Chui

St Rose of Lima's College

The real meaning of being rich

Recently I watched a TV programme about Dubai that included an interview with a wealthy man who said something which inspired me: 'Whether you are rich or not depends not on how much you have, but how much you can give.' I agree.

Many teenagers spend a lot of money on their appearance. They want to show off how much they have and boast about their expensive clothes or bags.

Others spend their money on helping others, such as children in developing countries.

Who is richer? The one with more than $5,000 in his pocket or the one with a kind heart?

Wong Yin-ki

Law Ting Pong Secondary School

Tuna should stay on the menu

Canned tuna or tuna sashimi is everywhere, not only in Japanese restaurants but also in supermarkets.

The number of tuna is decreasing, but I don't think we should ban eating it.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora is divided into three main categories to protect wild animals and plants.

Tuna is not included, which means it is not really near extinction, so it is all right for us to eat it.

There should be a moratorium on tuna fishing to replenish stocks, rather than have a ban on eating it.

If we ban the eating of tuna, the economies of countries that depend on exporting it will suffer and tuna fishermen will lose their jobs.

What we need is a better policy to protect the tuna over time, not a ban.

Hin Kwok

Yan Oi Tong Tin Ka Ping Secondary School

Creativity crushed

Many people say the education system in Hong Kong stifles students' creativity. I agree, because the curriculum of most subjects is exam-oriented. Students have to memorise facts and ideas to get high marks. This does not encourage students to think creatively.

Another reason is the limited choice of subjects. Among the subjects available, very few emphasise creativity.

So I agree that the education system stifles creativity in students.

Hong Kong should provide more opportunities for students to think in an original way and train them in a creative way. This would mean a better future for the city.

Stephanie Ho

The Chinese Foundation Secondary School

Lift for tourism

Will the Tung Chung Cable Car boost tourism?

I think so. Since Hong Kong has been developing its attractions over the past few years, it has attracted many tourists.

As a result, there are not enough things for visitors.

If tourists have already been here and visited most of the favourites, such as The Peak, there are no more attractions to draw them back. The cable car is a good way to open up a new market of local tourism.

Besides, it will make it convenient to travel across Lantau Island because the cable car links the Big Buddha with other tourist spots on the island. I think it will be an important part of Hong Kong tourism.

Allison Nip Chui-yi

Our Lady of the Rosary College