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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 January, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 January, 2007, 12:00am

Is the death sentence acceptable?


We all know that Saddam Hussein did some terrible things. He abused his power and people died because of him.


He was executed for his crimes. But was this the right thing to do? Did he deserve forgiveness?


Some international groups, such as the United Nations, are against capital punishment.


Should we have given Hussein the chance to change himself?


Punishment is necessary, but we should be more humane.


I don't agree with the death sentence.


Keith Ng Wai-lok


Carmel Bunnan Tong Memorial Secondary School


Positive attitude more important than status


When I was waiting for the lift one day in the building where I live, I heard the cleaner talking to the superintendent.


The cleaner was about 30 years old. It sounded like she was from the mainland as she spoke Cantonese with a rough accent.


She was quite fat and was wearing casual clothes. When the cleaner asked the superintendent questions, the superintendent showed an indifferent attitude to her questions.


I could feel that she was reluctant to chat with the cleaner.


Then the superintendent asked the cleaner to empty the rubbish bins on each floor without using the lift.


When I heard the superintendent's request, I was angry. The superintendent was so rude. She showed herself to be a stupid woman.


Compared to the cleaner, the superintendent was much more shameful. Whenever I bump into the cleaner, she always smiles.


Although she might not like her job, she still puts effort into working cheerfully. I appreciate and respect her positive attitude.


Lui choi-hei


Tam Pak Yu College


What's the meaning of education?


I remember that when I was in kindergarten, I was always thrilled to learn new things, such as the alphabet and how to count.


But when I got to Primary Five, I realised the purpose of studying has changed.


I had to work hard to compete for a place in an English-medium school.


When I was in Form Four, I believed that school was for getting a place in Form Five.


Then I became nervous because of the pressure of the HKCEE.


I couldn't take a break from my schoolwork as a poor result in my exams could affect my job prospects.


Now, I am a Form Seven student. I study now to earn a place at university.


The pressure is even greater than before. Time flies, and the A-Levels looms ahead.


Neo Lo


Pentecostal Lam Hon Kwong School


Homework should not be excessive


If the reason behind homework is to make students revise what they have learned on a particular day at school, then it serves a very good purpose.


But when we are given too much homework, we are put under tremendous pressure.


Sometimes, we are unable to finish the work and we end up going to bed very late, even after 2am.


With too little sleep, we have to force ourselves to look bright and pay attention in class the next day.


I have often gone to school with bags under my eyes.


Months of too little sleep take their toll on students' health.


Our teachers want the best for us, and hope we do well in exams, so I guess that's why they give us so much work.


They also want us to learn how to handle stress.


I appreciate what they do, but, if a more appropriate policy was applied, it would be better for students to relax a little and have enough sleep.


Syed Ridwan Elahi


California School


Learning experience


I took part in a study trip to Lianzhou , the poorest part of Guangdong province, during the Christmas holidays.


Many of us expected to see the students there being very studious.


But we were surprised. Quite a number of the students did not pay attention in class.


The tour guide said this is a new phenomenon and that 10 years ago the students were much more studious.


It may be result of the subsidies provided by the Chinese government to help ethnic minorities receive education.


They only need to pay for their meals and accommodation, as tuition fees are fully subsidised by the government.


Now that education is free, are they wasting their chance like so many of us in Hong Kong do?


Is an improvement in living conditions bad for our learning incentive?


Whatever the answer is, I could not have had this experience through books.


Our government has been stressing the importance of national education in recent years.


I think there is no better way than real-life experience to know more about our country.


Anthony Wong


Maryknoll Fathers' School


No pain, no gain


The level of the HKCEE is decreasing gradually. I am sure one of the reasons is that students are too lazy. They are unlike the students before.


The students of the past were very hard working. They had to compete to go to university and find a good job because they were poor.


Today, students are loved dearly and even spoilt.


I think parents should teach their children as well as telling them how much they love them.


If children are not taught in the right way, they will not be able to handle difficulties.


Students must learn that there's no gain without pain, and parents should teach their children how to behave.


Leung Ka-man


Christian Alliance S.C. Chan Memorial College


Home schooling versus classrooms


Do we really need the option of home schooling in Hong Kong?


Studying at schools is an important way of learning things.


One advantage of attending school is that students have classmates. They have sense of belonging.


It is also more convenient than having lessons at home because if a student comes across a difficult question, he can ask one of the many teachers on campus immediately.


A disadvantage is that group lessons are quite boring. The teacher can't pay attention to each student all the time.


Also, with a regular timetable, students can't choose when to study what.


I think home schooling and attending school have advantages. But school teachers could put some exercises online so that students can do them anytime. This might make them more interested in studying.


David Tsui Chun-yu


Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College


Equal sexes


Some people think men are more successful than women. I strongly disagree.


These notions probably come from decades ago when women stayed home to look after the children and do the housework.


Men may earn more than women, but success doesn't always equate with wealth.


And, anyway, women now work as much as men.


Rainbow Lai


Tin Ka Ping Secondary School


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