PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 18 March, 2009, 12:00am

Begging problem should be solved

In an international city like Hong Kong, I find it shocking that there are so many beggars. What's even more upsetting is that so many of the beggars are disabled and/or elderly.

I've heard stories about elderly people who are forced to beg by gangs. The gangs apparently harm the beggars to make them look more pitiable. Recently, I saw a beggar whose eyes, lips and nose appeared to have been deliberately removed. Any money people give them is collected by the gangs.

This makes me so angry. The people responsible should be found and punished by law. Nobody deserves to be treated cruelly and forced to beg.

The government is not doing enough to stop people begging. It should take action to protect the elderly from being manipulated by gangs and also preserve the city's image as a law-abiding, just community.

I hope this letter makes people think about this serious issue and that begging in Hong Kong will soon be eliminated.

Yan, PLK Vicwood K.T. Chong Sixth Form College

Order less food, make less waste

Many people cook and serve too much food. Often, people cannot finish all the food on their plate. The leftovers end up in landfills.

Around 3,000 tonnes of food is thrown away every day.

Restaurants are responsible for much of this waste, especially buffet venues, as they need to have fresh food each day.

But those of us who eat at home are also responsible.

There is a belief that, if you leave a small amount of food on your plate, you will feel fuller than if you eat everything in sight. What's more, people believe that if they eat less they will be hungry.

Some people also believe that having a lot of food on the table represents wealth.

These beliefs, though, mean a lot of food is wasted, and the environment is suffering. Prompt action should be taken by both citizens and the government.

The government should set up a food waste recycling system so that food waste can be collected and processed. It could then be sold to pig farms or turned into organic fertiliser.

I believe there should also be a 'polluters pay' policy which fines companies if they don't use the recycling programme.

People should bring reusable lunchboxes with them when they eat out, so that they can take leftovers home and have them the next day.

We should also ensure we only buy and cook as much food as we really need.

If we all do our part, we can help reduce food waste together.

Ko Man-chun, The Chinese Foundation Secondary School

The pros and cons of tutorial classes

I started attending tutorial classes this year. I had always thought hard work was enough to ensure good HKCEE results. But when I only got a Level 2 in my Chinese exam, my mum suggested I go to tutorial classes.

After a month, I realised why these classes are so popular. Tutors give out very detailed notes and lots of exam tips.

But despite paying for these classes, many students just take the notes and sleep through the lesson.

I think your attitude towards learning is very important. We should pay attention to our school teachers. They have a lot to teach us. If we have difficulty understanding something, we should ask them to help us, or discuss it with our classmates.

If you want to learn more, you can look into tutorial classes to broaden your understanding of the subject.

But you should not leave your learning up to the tutorial teachers. You still have to do some work yourself to pass your exams. Take responsibility for your learning.

Michael Hung Sze-chung, Po On Commercial Association Wong Siu Ching Secondary School