What a relief that universities know what our young need to learn

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 27 February, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 27 February, 2010, 12:00am

Is it any wonder people are decrying falling standards among today's university students? It appears these young scholars cannot be trusted with simple tasks successfully taught to generations of toddlers and young children, such as how to ride escalators safely and responsibly.

City University, for example, issued an announcement this week to all students, faculty and staff titled 'Safety in the use of escalators'. The instructions are so useful that I am reproducing most of them here for the easy reference of parents with young children. Among these are all-important warnings such as: pay attention to the direction of an escalator, lift foot before stepping off, and do not run, play or jump. The last instruction is something I haven't had to remind my own children, aged 7 and 9, for quite some time. No doubt they work to the benefit of absentminded professors and overly active students of City University in Kowloon Tong.

As a reader puts it, 'A uni-bloody-versity! Surely people have figured this out if they have qualified for uni?! Take extra care when an escalator is stopped and used as a fixed staircase because height of steps will vary.'

When stepping on an escalator:

Be aware of the direction the escalator is travelling before stepping onto it.

Take extra care and lift your foot when stepping on.

Keep loose or long pants/dresses clear of steps and edges.

Hold the handrail tightly.

Always face forward.

Stand firm and do not walk.

Keep feet clear of the skirting/edges.

Watch your steps if wearing slippers or sandals.

DO NOT lean against the sides, rest or climb on the handrail.

DO NOT extend any part of your body out of the escalator.

DO NOT sit on the escalator step.

DO NOT run, play or jump (emphasis in the original message).

When stepping off an escalator:

Lift your foot and step off promptly.

Move away from the landing area immediately.