PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 October, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 October, 2009, 12:00am

Reduce your pressure and think

Usually, we can control our actions through thinking. But when we are living under pressure, it is not so easy to do this. In my opinion, though, this is no excuse for violence.

Take singers Gary Cao and Justin Lo, who recently fought each other in a street brawl. They created a public disturbance and had to apologise. But, I think, more importantly, they need to ask for help, so they can reduce the pressure on them. Perhaps they need counselling.

I wish people under pressure would try to relax, and think twice before they act.

Amy Liu, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

Don't leave people waiting for organs

For people in need of an organ transplant, Asia can be a life-threatening place to live. Hong Kong is no exception. Last year, only 68 livers were donated, while around 100 patients waited in line for new organs.

Patients waiting for kidneys - the majority of those in need of new organs - are even worse off. Around 1,500 Hongkongers are waiting. Last year, only 79 kidneys were donated. The concept of donating organs is alien to Chinese culture, so there is always a shortage of organs in Hong Kong. Many patients die still waiting.

We should change this traditional way of thinking, since donating an organ can save one's life. Donating our organs after we die is our last contribution to others and could save lives.

Alma Lai

All students should be treated equally

I am concerned about the Education Bureau's policy of not supporting mentally handicapped students' further studies.

Firstly, I strongly disagree with this policy because such students are entitled to the same human rights as everybody else. I think the bureau is being discriminatory towards them by requiring they leave school at 18.

Secondly, I also disagree with the bureau's position that schools for the mentally handicapped are too expensive. I think giving these students the opportunity to learn is more valuable than any costs involved. They have more learning difficulties than ordinary students and they need more time to learn.

Lastly, I also disagree with the bureau's argument that such students can apply to the Vocational Training Council. For some of the students, this may be simply too challenging and they may not be up to it.

I do not think this policy is fair. It needs further thought and more public debate.

Phoebe Wong Wing-kiu, Our Lady of the Rosary College

Happy memories of school life

Teachers are like our second parents and I am so proud of being a student at Li Fook Hing Secondary School. Since the teachers are so kind, patient and full of hope for us, I have mixed feelings about the fact I may have to leave after I have finished Form Five.

That is why I want to thank the teachers who have encouraged me at all times. First of all, I would like to thank Ms Ki, who has been my music teacher for the past two years. She has not only inspired me to be courageous and face challenges in life, but also taught me how to overcome difficult times.

I would also like to thank Ms Lam, my biology teacher. She is a flawless teacher who also gives us emotional guidance. I will do my best in biology as a show of gratitude for her heartfelt efforts.

The last teacher I want to thank is Ms Chan, my English teacher.

She teaches in an amusing way, and shares stories with us. She is more than an English teacher - she is the mother of Form Five.

Lastly, I will never forget all the memories I have of Li Fook Hing Secondary School. I plan to study hard as a way of showing my gratitude to all the teachers who have guided me along the right path.

Tsoi Kwan-yi, Li Fook Hing Secondary School