Save comparisons for yourself
As students, we all have the responsibility to study hard. But no matter what results we get, as long as we feel we have fulfilled this responsibility, it is fine. It is common for students to compare their marks after exams. But I don't do this as I believe they are unnecessary.
Peer pressure does not necessarily motivate us to do better. It might end up simply being a burden. Having a happy school life makes for a happy childhood. Making comparisons will not make us happy.
If you want excellent academic results, then just use comparisons for your own performance. Don't compete with others and put a burden on your classmates.
Liz Fung, Hang Seng School of Commerce
Memories of my grandfather
I remember I was eight years old, it was cloudy and stuffy, and I felt gloomy.
I was staying at my grandfather's flat but he was in hospital due to his heart condition, which had been a problem for a long time.
I liked playing with him very much. He always listened to me when I talked about school. In my mind, he was the kindest person in the world - at least to me.
When I woke up the next morning, my mother was crying and I asked her what had happened. The answer was the last thing I wanted to hear.
A few weeks later, when we were tidying up his flat, we found a letter that said his grandson was the best thing that had ever happened to him and he had no regrets.
Now, the letter is in my drawer and every time I read it, I remember my childhood and my grandfather.
Mak Hok-kan, Shun Lee Catholic Secondary School
The benefits of writing letters
At the beginning of the year, our teacher encouraged us to write to the Young Post.
No doubt every student who writes to the Young Post wants their letter published. This makes them try hard to write about attractive topics or themes to make their letters special.
Although some might think the reason for writing is simply to be published in the newspaper, I believe it can also help students with logical thinking. We need to come up with ideas and be more aware of social issues.
Writing letters to the newspaper can really be a good helper for students.
Cindy Kwok, STFA Tam Yu College
The downside of teaching in English
The latest fine-tuning of the education system, which aims to improve students' English, has received a mixed response.
Most Chinese-medium schools are in favour of the policy because it will allow them to shake off their CMI tags by being able to conduct classes in English.
But there are still problems. Some students who are used to Chinese-language lessons may find it difficult to suddenly switch to English.
Take Shun Tak Fraternal Association Tam Pak Yu College for example. It supports the mother-tongue policy and has a pass rate of more than 90 per cent in English-language public exams. The principal said mother-tongue teaching creates an environment that is beneficial to learning and to critical-thinking skills.
I think this is a good reason to question the newly introduced policy.
Hung Wing-lam, CCC Heep Woh College