Quality matters under NSS
OLE is part of the New Senior Secondary (NSS) curriculum.
OLE, which stands for Other Learning Experiences, helps students to develop positive values and attitude for their personal development.
Students can choose how many OLE activities to take part in. But some of them think joining as many activities as possible will give them a better chance of getting into university. They overlook the quality of their participation.
It's true that by joining different types of activities students can broaden their horizons. But can they develop positive values by simply taking part or following others?
Also, students already have a heavy workload. Joining too many activities will take away time from their studies.
Students should think carefully before deciding what OLE activities to take up. Remember, lifelong learning is not just about quantity but also quality.
Karina Yan Wen-ye, Delia Memorial School (Hip Wo)
Uniforms bring many benefits
Students in some countries do not need to wear school uniforms. But I think it's better for Hong Kong students to wear them.
First, uniforms can enhance students' sense of belonging to their school, and even to society. They can feel proud wearing them.
Secondly, school uniforms work as a reminder for students to behave. Wearing a uniform makes students more aware of what they do because they can be easily recognised. It stops them from behaving irresponsibly.
Thirdly, wearing uniforms can avoid the labelling effect. Some students are not as rich as others. If students didn't have to wear uniforms, some would spend a lot of time and money on what they wear and school will be like a fashion parade. Those who cannot afford nice clothes will suffer from low self-esteem.
On the whole, uniforms bring social benefits. I think every student should wear them.
Chole Tang Hoi-lam, Yan Oi Tong Tin Ka Ping Secondary School
Treasure your body, protect yourself
Many young girls who take part in compensated dating have become victims of abuse or assault. I think they are careless and do not love themselves.
It's much harder to love ourselves than to love others. But it is important that we do.
Our lives and our bodies are gifts from our parents. We have the responsibility to keep ourselves physically and mentally healthy.
We need to protect ourselves from bad people, and we need to set a bottom line when it comes to intimacy. Whether you are a woman or a man, there's nothing more important than your own well-being and your life.
Elly Ng, The Chinese Foundation Secondary School
Beware of slimming parlours
Nowadays, more girls want to lose weight. They think 'slim is beautiful'. Beauty parlours seek out girls to be their spokeswomen in their advertisements. They offer these girls free weight-loss packages.
Some of these girls may even be asked to pay a deposit. If they succeed, they will become spokeswomen. But if they fail to drop the pounds, they may end up losing confidence and feeling inadequate.
Also, a lot of slimming parlours are dishonest. They exaggerate the effects of their treatments, misleading customers. We should not believe everything we read.
The best way to lose weight is to lead a healthy lifestyle by exercising and eating right. If you don't work hard, you will not shed the extra pounds.
If girls really decide to join a slimming programme, they should do thorough research on the company they have in mind.
I also think the government should exercise some kind of control over slimming parlours.
Bonnie Ng Sui-ki