PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 June, 2009, 12:00am

Urgent need for more nursing homes

Many elderly people in Hong Kong have no choice but to move into a nursing home as they become weak and are unable to lead a normal life.

But according to a recent article, 'Elderly people dying in wait for nursing homes' (SCMP, May 4), many of them die before they get a chance to move in. There simply aren't enough beds in nursing homes to cater to the needs of old people.

The elderly have done their duty for society, so the government should repay them once they are too old to look after themselves. There should be funds available to build new nursing homes and improve the standard of service in the existing ones.

Actions speak louder than words. If the government says it cares about the city's residents, it must actually do something to prove it.

Too many elderly people are dying alone. They deserve to be looked after.

I look forward to seeing what steps the government takes to put this situation right.


Exams are about more than grades

Many students believe the purpose of an exam is to score high marks. While, of course, it is satisfying to get good grades, this is not the primary goal of taking exams.

Exams are a way to find out what you have learned and challenge yourself to recall facts. They are a way of applying the knowledge you have acquired over a certain period.

Some people ask: if good marks are not the purpose of exams, why should they study?

Although we should not view exams simply as an opportunity to get top marks, we should nevertheless do our best. Otherwise, all the time we spend in class and the homework we do are wasted.

Don't waste your school life focusing exclusively on grades.

But don't waste the opportunities you are granted at school by failing to study, either.

Make the most of your exams and education, and enjoy gaining knowledge.

Jessica Chang, Yuen Long Merchants Association Secondary School

When you win, fairness matters

While I believe we should all try our best and that winning is important, how you win is far more important.

For example, imagine you are playing musical chairs. There are two people left in the game, but only one chair. What would you do? Some people would push the other person, so they would win the game; but they would lose a friend.

If you compete fairly, you have every chance of winning. But if you win by behaving badly, you'll lose more than you gain.

Cheung Yee-ting, SKH Bishop Mok Sau Tseng Secondary School

China must change its ways for success

China is a great country with a long history and a bright future.

But if it wants to compete on a global scale, there are two crucial changes its citizens must make. First, they must learn courtesy. Very few people on the mainland queue up. Whether they are waiting for a bus or at a shop, they will cut in front of others, or stampede to be first.

Secondly, hygiene must be improved, especially at restaurants and on public transport. The government should ensure that these changes happen.

Jasmine Lee, Pooi To Middle School