Equal Opportunities Commission


PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 July, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 July, 2008, 12:00am

Racial equality is important

Although Hong Kong is a civilised society, discrimination still exists in our community. Since the Equal Opportunities Commission was founded, the situation has improved. For instance, there is more equality between the sexes and less discrimination.

However, racial discrimination is still a problem and some people find it difficult to get a job. Why should we label those who are different from us? There is room for all of us to improve our relationships with people of other races.

Wong Sze-wing, Leung Shek Chee College

Focus on school instead of romance

Some people may think dating is normal social behaviour that helps promote teenagers' all-round development. However, young people who start dating too early could encounter problems.

Dating can influence young people's school work and their future, especially if they spend their time thinking about romance and neglecting their studies. If they do not get a school diploma, no company will employ them.

There are increasing numbers of news stories about teenage pregnancy and young parents failing to take care of their babies, because teenagers are too young to provide money and care. Some young parents give their babies to relatives or orphanages but some abandon their children.

All in all, I think dating does not benefit secondary school students.

Kathy Cheung, SKH Li Fook Hing Secondary School

Learn to live a balanced life

Although many have said we can't learn everything in school or learning is not everything, few successfully strike a balance between study and play, especially those who are going to sit public examinations next year.

I do not mean we should not put effort into studying. On the contrary, I think it is our responsibility to do so.

However, due to the over-emphasis of public examination results in Hong Kong, many students spend a lot of time revising. They neglect the importance of caring for the people around us, especially our parents.

Some of us do not read the newspaper at all unless it is for homework. Focusing on results seems to pose more disadvantages than advantages for teenagers.

In short, we should not only concentrate on our studies, but put effort into building a better relationship with our parents and learning more about our society.

Joyce Chin, St Mary's Canossian College

Laughter plays an important role

I am writing to express my view on laughter. Living under a lot of pressure, you may find it difficult to keep smiling.

You may think becoming rich or famous is more important, but don't forget to smile as it can bring happiness to you as well as other people.

There are many advantages to having a laugh every day. First of all, laughter can lift our mood. When you laugh or listen to others' laughter, you will no longer feel depressed or anxious.

A hearty laugh can deliver hope and faith to others. Imagine you are extremely disappointed after being scolded by your parents, a big smile from your friends is sure to make you feel better.

Laughter is like a shining sun. It gives us warmth and brightness.

Without laughter, we will live in a gloomy world full of loneliness and pessimism.

That's why laughter plays such an important role in our lives.

Amy Lau Yuk-ching, Leung Shek Chee College

Learn to love speaking English

I'd like to share some of my tips for improving English.

I think to learn things effectively, we need to put our hearts into it.

If we don't, we may lose interest and find ourselves daydreaming in class.

Maybe some of us are shy and don't want to speak English. We must speak more to improve.

Try to put your heart and soul into the language to help spark your interest. I think that's a good way to learn.

This theory is not only suitable for improving your speaking skills.

If you become interested in reading English books and newspapers, writing English or listening to English radio programmes, you will notice a big improvement in your skills.

Of course, this will also mean your English exam results are better.

However, you need to remember, learning English and improving your language skills is not only for your exams, it's for the rest of your life too.

Thomas Sin

Teachers should be fair to every student

Many teachers have their own favourite student(s).

It's not wrong of them, but I think they shouldn't let their own likes and dislikes affect their grading or teaching in class.

For example, teachers should not always pick the same students to answer questions. They should be fair and give everyone a chance.

Although the teacher's attention and praise may give students confidence, it also puts pressure on them because they feel the need to impress the teacher.

As these students gain confidence, others might feel discouraged. They think they aren't doing well enough, and put pressure on themselves to do better.

I think teachers, as responsible adults, should lead the way in being fair, and not have double standards.