Contest will stir new interest in science

PUBLISHED : Monday, 20 December, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 20 December, 2010, 12:00am

I am writing in response to the article 'Looking for talent' (Young Post, December 8) about the Polytechnic University's Senior Secondary Mathematics and Science Competition.

I am glad we have the new competition as it will be a chance for students to rediscover their interest in science.

Hong Kong students are known for performing well in science subjects, but they are often criticised for their 'lack of creativity and problem-solving ability'.

Most students and teachers focus on examination results. This means they only think of how to get the highest marks and do not think how they would use this knowledge in daily life. They have lost their critical thinking ability and it seems science is becoming something that just exists on paper.

These attitudes need to change and there is still a long way to go. But I believe the new competition can act as a stepping stone towards our goals.

Anissa Yu

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter. The introduction of the NSS syllabus helps young people to embrace critical thinking, and while student and teacher grapple with the changes it gives us optimism for the future. It is always pleasing to see the academic community becoming more involved with young students. This creates a vital bridge between schools and universities and gives students the opportunity to be part of something bigger.

Hong Kong's teachers are dedicated and hard working. They are always looking out for opportunities to further their students' quest for knowledge. So, I'm sure this particular competition will be well supported.

Susan, Editor