PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 June, 2009, 12:00am

Stop wasting food after meals

In our daily lives, we are always wasting things, such as food. When we are finished eating, we often have some food left and just throw it away.

Many people think food is everywhere and for everybody. But actually many people in Africa do not have food to eat or even water to drink. Sometimes they need to walk a long way to get water and, when they find it, it is very dirty and they become sick after drinking it.

Because they have so little food, everybody is always hungry and sometimes the children die of starvation or from illnesses.

I think this is a good reason for us not to waste food. If there is food left, don't throw it away; keep it, and put it in the refrigerator for next time.

Compared with people in Africa, we are very lucky.

Peggy Yuen Kwai-tau

Control your temper; be 'slow to anger'

I think it is bad when I lose my temper and feel angry.

As a Christian, I try to control my temper, but sometimes I get angry and even shout at people. When I pray, I truly pray that I can control myself.

The Bible says: 'The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbour his anger forever.'

I love the expression, 'slow to anger, abounding in love', and I think it sums up what we should all aspire to be.

Despite all the suffering Jesus Christ was put through, he didn't show any anger. This is how we should try to be.

Try to be kind to others and love them. Above all, remember to be 'slow to anger, abounding in love'.

Anga Chui Tsz-ying, CNEC Christian College

The case against school uniforms

A lot of students around the world are against wearing uniforms to school.

They argue that compulsory uniforms stop them from expressing themselves by wearing the clothes they want when they get up every morning.

It is a more complex issue than it appears on the surface, but overall I feel that uniforms should not be compulsory.

Some teachers argue that uniforms identify which schools students come from. This is a reasonable argument but it can be countered by the fact that students can carry student cards to identify themselves and stop unauthorised entry to schools.

Meanwhile, some teachers and parents say that uniforms make students and the school look neater and tidier.

They say that without uniforms students might dress inappropriately. They also argue that wearing casual clothes could cause an increase in bullying caused by jealousy about some students having expensive clothes.

Students, on the other hand, complain that they can only wear their new clothes after school.

Some parents complain that uniforms are a waste of money. Buying a uniform, including a pair of pants and black shoes, costs nearly HK$400. In other words, you are buying an extra set of new clothes for school even though you have clothes already at home.

In conclusion, uniforms make students feel equal to all the others in their class, but wearing casual clothes makes them feel different and unique.

For that matter, teachers in some schools wear casual clothes to school, so why shouldn't the students?

I believe students shouldn't be forced to wear school uniforms.

Ryan Jewell, Fortress Hill