Knowledge comes before money
The long summer holiday provides a good opportunity for students to acquire more knowledge.
But many of them find part-time jobs in order to earn some pocket money. Hence, they may fall into various traps. For example, they may be assigned duties that could put them in danger.
Some students take up part-time jobs to alleviate their parents' financial burden. Others find work because they need the money to buy brand-name clothes and hi-tech gadgets.
It is ok to help parents, but I don't believe in making money simply to keep up with the latest fashion trends.
Students can use the summer holidays for more meaningful activities. For example, they can do their revision and prepare for the new academic year. They can also take part in voluntary work.
I believe that money plays an important part in our lives. But money can be used up in one day, while our knowledge will last forever.
Well-educated people can easily get a good job.
So why do you want to do a part-time job for little money? This is not sensible.
I hope students strike a balance between studies and part-time jobs.
Kate Lo Wai-man, Ju Ching Chu Secondary School (Kwai Chung)
Pressure-free English learning
I was travelling on the LRT recently when I saw a man speaking to his two small children in English.
But the children defied their father by replying in Cantonese.
Then the man insisted that they speak English.
He asked questions in English and wanted his children to reply in the same language. Eventually, they gave in to please their father. Later, I wondered whether the man was doing the right thing.
I am sure he knows that English is an international language and wants his children to master it.
The incident reminded me of the movie, I Not Stupid. In the film, the mother says, 'It is for your own good', whenever her son complains about the food prepared by her.
I appreciate what the father tried to do. Yet, children should not be pressured into learning English.
It should be done step by step, with a long-term goal in mind.
Otherwise, children may not even speak English, let alone learn the different skills that help to master the language.
Leung Chu-hang, STFA Tam Pak Yu College
i-Cable case raises a thorny issue
Sexual harassment is not a serious problem in Hong Kong.
But recent reports about the harassment of female staff at i-Cable News, including three well-known news anchors, has raised public concern about the issue.
Critics have targeted traditional orientation camps in universities.
They say the activities involve a lot of physical contact between boys and girls who play games and have to make sexual remarks about the opposite sex.
Some people may think that this is a traditional ritual at tertiary institutes.
But what is the purpose of these camps? They are aimed at building up a good relationship among students and giving them a better understanding about society.
I think the authorities should take action to prevent sexual harassment on campuses and also raise awareness of sexual equality among youngsters.
Derek Chan Chun-kit, STFA Tam Pak Yu College
Ability, character hold the key
A TV programme on cosmetic surgery has attracted people's attention.
I do not think people should have a facelift. Many people think that if they have plastic surgery, they will look more beautiful, thus boosting their self-esteem. But going under the surgeon's knife can have its disadvantages.
For example, the strong chemicals used in the process can pose serious health problems. Ability and knowledge, not appearance, are the keys to success.
Some girls want to have plastic surgery so that they can easily find a boyfriend or husband.
Looks do not represent anything. I believe that capability and character can also attract men.
I don't think a facelift can really help women to get what they want.
You should think twice before deciding to have cosmetic surgery.
Hayley Chu Ying-shan, Ju Ching Chu Secondary School (Kwai Chung)
Time for a hug
As we worry about our studies every day, we seem to neglect the people around us.
I read an article about some people who were giving 'free hugs' to strangers in the street.
You may say they are crazy, but if you think deeply, you will realise they want to raise concern about others in Hong Kong.
When was the last time you gave a hug to your parents or friends?
In this society, we need to fight for our future. But remember to show your gratitude by giving a hug to the people who love you.
A hug is worth more than a million words.
Helen Ng Shuk-yin, Leung Shek Chee College
Take it easy, guys
Do you feel happy today? Many Hongkongers may not be able to answer my question immediately.
Both adults and students work very hard.
Please relax, guys. When you feel tired, look at the beautiful sky and take a deep breath.
Then you may find that your life is not so hard after all.
Hina Ho, STFA Tam Pak Yu College