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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 May, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 May, 2008, 12:00am

Is the change to the Discovery Bay primary school net suitable?

I urge the government to look into the following points before making a responsible decision on this matter.

There is no secondary school in Discovery Bay. This means that children have to study at secondary schools elsewhere. It is more convenient and safer for children to go to Central rather than to the outlying islands.

In Discovery Bay, Hong Kong Resort only promises to have ferries to Central. It makes no commitment on external bus routes.

How can the government ensure external routes to Tung Chung in 2015 if Hong Kong Resort has made no commitment regarding transport?

In addition, the two bus routes to Tung Chung and Sunny Bay are not efficient.

Officials who doubt what I am saying should check with the Transport Department and find out how many complaints it gets regarding these two routes.

The international environment of Discovery Bay and the Central and Western transport network is more suitable for the children than the islands'.

Most of the parents in Discovery Bay plan to send their children to English secondary schools rather than Chinese-medium schools, but there are no English secondary schools in the islands net. The existing arrangement has operated for 14 years and it has worked very well.

A responsible government must always have an education policy that functions well and think carefully about the decisions it makes.

P.S. Chan, Discovery Bay

Should a minimum wage be set by law?

Cleaners working in private housing estates are usually middle-aged women who are not well educated and do not have extensive working skills. Many of them have to support their whole families on what they earn. If they were earning reasonable wages, their quality of life could be improved.

An hourly rate of HK$14 offers them very little and they have to work long hours to earn enough to support their families. They should be treated fairly even though they are poor and not as clever as more highly skilled members of the workforce.

A minimum wage should be set by law to ensure greater equality in our society. Those workers not only need more money, but also care and love from everyone around them.

Christa Lai, Tuen Mun

On other matters...

Through these columns, may I ask PCCW to advise whether it or MGM was responsible for the frustrating and frequent audio censorship of the film The Commitments the weekend before last.

The movie was preceded by the standard warning about the use of strong language and yet this was superfluous, because you couldn't hear any.

In one scene, presumably all dialogue came under this heading, since there was no sound at all. All meaning in this and many other scenes was difficult if not impossible to fathom. A great movie to which I had looked forward to watching again was ruined - thank you.

PCCW, if you tell viewers there is strong language you have done enough and it is for us to decide if we find this too much and then use the off switch or change channels.

Please do not decide on our behalf what is or is not acceptable. Who gives you this right anyway? I also have a choice, I could return to i-Cable.

P. Jeremy Newton, Happy Valley

Nothing could do a greater injustice to the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination candidates than having to put up with an examination process more agonising than tackling the paper itself. And by that I mean being assigned to an exam centre which provided little more than a desk, a chair and a seat number.

I am referring to my exam at St Paul's Co-Educational College on May 5.

As if working against the clock was not bad enough, we candidates certainly got more than we bargained for.

This is especially true for those of us who were seated to the far right of the school hall, where mere French windows partitioned us from the bustling school life outside.

While the hallway on the other side of the windows had been peaceful enough - save for students scurrying past - a janitor clearing fallen leaves was an entirely different story.

A couple of minutes into the exam, the janitor began sweeping the leaves, barely a metre from our desks. The rustling persisted for 20 minutes or so, topped with the scraping of the broom.

I wish it had ended there, but it didn't. Towards the end of the paper, continuous thudding resounded through the hall.

The experience we candidates were put through in the college hall was not something we deserved. However, by writing this, I sincerely hope for nothing more than the provision of a better environment for future candidates taking their exams.

Steffie Tsui, Central

Thanks to the efforts of the group Hush the Bus, on most buses speakers providing sound for the video screens have been turned down.

Taking buses these days is a more pleasant experience, and you no longer have to block out the noise with earplugs.

However, there is another problem. Every morning I get the No2 bus. At the back of the bus is a group of ladies who exchange banter and they can be fairly noisy. Even if you are at the front of the bus you can still hear them.

There was a similar problem last year with a different group of passengers. They would talk quite loudly to each other, even when they were some seats apart, and I found it annoying.

I know that other passengers find this irritating. Most passengers just want a normal, quiet ride on a bus.

Thomas Won, Wan Chai

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