You can save lives as an organ donor
Life is the most precious thing in the world. Yet many people are close to losing theirs because they cannot get much-needed organ transplants. Last year alone, more than 2,000 people were waiting for a life-saving transplant operation because there is a lack of organ donors in Hong Kong.
Most people are reluctant to sign up as organ donors. This attitude is the result of a wrong mindset. Many people see being an organ donor as a danger to their own wellbeing.
Schools could hold talks and invite people who have had their lives saved through organ transplants. To educate the public, the government can send mobile education units to housing estates and shopping centres, just as the Department of Health did in 1997. Public service advertisements would also help educate people.
Recently, a customs inspector donated part of his liver to a colleague, as was widely reported. The donor is now celebrated as a hero and he sets a fine example.
Becoming an organ donor means you can help save other people's lives not only while you're alive but even after you die.
Lester Ho, King Ling College
Let's not neglect our social life
In Hong Kong people are often cold and detached. They aren't interested in improving their community. I believe technological advances are partly to blame for this.
Modern technology allows us to be more independent, but it can also keep people apart. In earlier decades people tended to work together and socialise a lot more. They were always there to help their neighbours. Nowadays many people don't even know their neighbours. Our lives are becoming more and more hectic and we barely have time left for other people. We often feel lonely and miserable as a result of our isolation.
We all have a responsibility to improve our society. We should be cooperative and helpful. Richer people should help the poor. The young should take care of the old and weak. And we should all respect and value one another.
Hong Kong is a comfortable place to live. If we can improve our sense of community by being warm-hearted towards others, it will become the best place in the world.
Samatha Wong Man-ting
Don't change the examination system
Many students worry about the NSS curriculum and the change to HKDSE from the HKCEE and the A-levels.
I think the new system of testing places extra pressure on students. They will have to compete harder for university places. Liberal studies is a new core subject that increases our workload. It requires lots of projects and homework, which surpass the workload from all other subjects in Form 3. It's important to note that universities overseas don't care about LS results.
I strongly oppose adding liberal studies to secondary schools' exams and changing to HKDSE from the HKCEE and A-levels. The government should listen to us students in this matter.
Ernie Ko, The Chinese Foundation Secondary School
Misuse of funds by schools is wrong
Some schools subsidised by the government have been criticised for poor management of resources and for financial misconduct. One school was found to use surplus funds to speculate on the stock market.
Another school in Tseung Kwan O was found to have spent HK$10 million on three properties for use as staff quarters for their native English teachers.
I really hope the Education Bureau will take proper action against these schools for misusing public funds. Instead of spending such money in questionable ways, schools should use extra funds from government subsidies to help poorer students and their parents.
The government gives subsidised schools a lot of freedom in how to manage their financial resources. Schools must show responsibility. Misusing finances is unacceptable.
The government should pay closer attention to how schools spend their subsidies. The Education Bureau should disclose the names of schools that misuse funds. Taxpayers have the right to know how public money is spent by these schools. If necessary, the Education Bureau should withdraw subsidies from certain schools.
Schools should lead by example in society and act morally.
Hui Ching-wan, Our Lady of the Rosary College