Should schools teach students earthquake safety measures?

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 December, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 December, 2010, 12:00am

Elaine Yu Yee-nee, 15, Creative Secondary School

I don't think it's a good idea that students learn earthquake safety at school. We are unquestionably in an era of learning. With limited time and resources, schools should provide students with the best they can. Teachers need to make choices - they need to select the most beneficial topics for students to train them to become global citizens. what's more, If students were taught earthquake safety, shouldn't they also be taught tsunami safety or tornado safety? There's just not enough time at school.

Hong Kong is quite far from the nearest seismic zone. It is unlikely Hong Kong would be hit by an earthquake. Students should be taught more practical knowledge, such as how to help the elderly and the orphans.

I don't mean it's not important to learn about earthquake safety measures It's just inappropriate for students to learn the subject at school. We can look up information in books and on the internet .

Ronald Ling Pak-ki, 20, University of Hong Kong

What would happen if there was an earthquake in Hong Kong? Most of us think Hong Kong is blessed because we've never had any natural disasters. But recent studies have shown the seismic belt has shifted borders to Hong Kong, and a small-scale earthquake took place last month. I think we should be on the alert.

We do not have any experience in dealing with earthquakes. Our only knowledge of earthquakes comes from news reports and documentaries. That's second-hand information. No one can predict how destructive an earthquake in Hong Kong would be. We need to respond properly to remain safe. Lives would be at stake. We need to have more than just a little basic knowledge.

The public should be familiar with the standard procedures taken during an earthquake. It's like knowing what to do when there's a fire.

Schools should be responsible for teaching students how to respond in case of an earthquake. This would help prevent chaos in the event of an earthquake. It's vital for an international metropolis to maintain order even when hit by natural disasters.