No sweat, no sweets

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 September, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 September, 2009, 12:00am

I recently read an article in Young Post about a local primary school offering free boxes of mooncakes to students who hand in their homework on time.

This is a very good move because most of the school's students come from low-income families.

With the Mid-Autumn Festival around the corner, the 'free gift' will definitely enhance the festive atmosphere in their homes.

The school could have simply given away the delicacies to all students. But it's interesting only hard-working students get the boxes of mooncakes.

This sends a clear message that the students have a responsibility to finish their homework. In other words, 'no sweat, no sweets'.

I think other schools should launch similar award schemes to boost their students' interest in learning.

Sarah Tsang, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Sarah. Rewarding students so directly for schoolwork could be a controversial issue. Some might say they should be grateful enough for the privilege of attending school and should be eager to grasp any opportunity to learn. Children in less fortunate countries are keen to go to school and learn. They dream of having more time to study and will walk for hours on dangerous roads in harsh weather just to attend class. Yet this idea shows Hong Kong students that school is 'work' which should be rewarded.

Other people might say this scheme will instil a materialistic attitude in youngsters who will always expect to be 'paid' for their 'work'. Still others might say that this system is unfair and all children should be given the rewards, whether they do the homework or not.

It will be interesting to see what other readers have to say.

Susan, Editor