PUBLISHED : Saturday, 04 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 04 July, 2009, 12:00am

Don't underestimate social skills

Hong Kong's education system ranks academic performance above extra-curricular activities. But I believe students' social skills are as important as exam results.

Even at university, the spotlight is on exam results rather than inter-personal skills and other talents. Also, if you want to get a good job, you need good grades.

But exam results and ability are two different things.

Society puts too much pressure on students who believe that the only way to get to the top is through academic excellence.

I really hope the 3+3+4 system can improve Hong Kong's education standards.

Wayne Chu, Hang Seng School of Commerce

Talk more with your parents

Nowadays, many teenagers have problems with their parents. They don't share their feelings with their parents, complaining that adults don't understand them.

This can lead to a complete breakdown in parent-child relationships and cause family conflicts.

A few months ago, I also had problems with my parents. But, after I realised the importance of communicating with them, I changed my attitude.

When we talk to our parents, we should always be polite.

If we chat with our parents more, they will do what they can to keep us happy.

I hope you will have a good relationship with your parents.

Joyce Li Wing-sze, Yuen Long Merchants Association Secondary School

English camp benefits all

I was one of the leaders in an English camp recently. A group of Primary Five students took part in the event.

It was not only the primary students who benefited from the activities.

I had to prepare a script for the camp which helped improve my writing skills.

I also explained the games to the young participants and now I am more confident about speaking English in public.

You cannot learn these things in a classroom. Many students simply listen to their teacher without playing an active role during the lessons.

My favourite game was 'Charlie, Charlie you are mine', which enlivened the atmosphere.

At first, the kids were quite shy, but after the game, they became a lot more friendly and really enjoyed the activities.

I even remember the names of my group members - Christy, Sally, Irene, Charlie, Roy, Gabril, Eric, Cyrus and Cherry.

What a memorable event it was!

Aka, STFA Cheng Yu Tung Secondary School

Best of times

I am so busy with my school work that I have lost track of some of my friends. I wish I had kept in touch with them through phone calls, letters or e-mail.

Nowadays, we mainly concentrate on our work, neglecting our friends and family. I think life is stressful and depressing if we just focus on ourselves. Being with friends and family is not a waste of time. We can have fun and relax during a get-together.

When you are with family and friends, it seems life is so much easier.

Vicky Yim, SKH Bishop Mok Sau Tseng Secondary School