National education a brainwashing tool
Concerns have been expressed about making moral and national education a compulsory subject for primary students next year. I have some negative views about this topic. Here are my reasons.
First, such a subject is likely to brainwash students about China as it will simply teach them to look on the bright side. Our country may hold a lot of advantages, but we should also know its disadvantages.
Under the present 3+3+4 education system, students must learn to think more broadly and to look at both sides of an issue. If the subject teaches only the benefits that China brings to the world, it will become a tool for brainwashing them.
Second, the new subject will increase the burden of primary school students. They will face lots of pressure trying to cope with the expanded syllabus.
Also, this subject overlaps with Chinese history and liberal studies. But because there are no examinations for it, students will be less interested in it.
To conclude, I disagree with making moral and national education a compulsory subject in Hong Kong schools. The government needs to think twice about implementing it.
Veronica Leung Sze-kan, Pooi To Middle School
Technology abused to violate privacy
Nowadays, technology is well developed and people can obtain information on the internet easily. However, while technology helps to upgrade our living standards, there are too many people who use it for all the wrong reasons.
Recently, somebody put a picture of a naked national swimmer online. It was a horrible thing to do; personal privacy can amount to nothing in the hands of such a person.
There's even computer software that can help switch the bodies of people in photographs. Such wrongful acts have sparked fear in society.
The government should protect the privacy of residents. It can impose new laws and increase the penalties. It can also spend more resources on training residents. This will help them achieve higher academic standards, find better jobs and apply their skills at work and in daily life.
The Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data should hold talks on privacy protection at all schools.
We should respect one another's privacy. We need to take hi-tech crimes seriously and protect our privacy.
Alisa Lam, Leung Shek Chee College
Unethical to pay for help with homework
I am writing in response to the unethical transactions that take place on internet learning platforms.
Some students pay others to help them finish their schoolwork.
It is a serious problem that tells us about the morality of today's society.
It goes against the fundamental meaning of learning. Parents and teachers provide a supportive academic environment to improve learning standards, yet some students are giving up the opportunities to equip themselves.
It is wrong for students to get outside help for their homework. This lowers their moral standards and they gain nothing from such a practice.
Jason Lo Chun-kit, The Chinese Foundation Secondary School
Call for friendly relationship
The relationship between a teacher and a student should be similar to a friendship.
In traditional Chinese society, teachers belonged to a higher class. Students would not play or crack jokes with them.
However, most students spend about seven hours with their teachers every day. They may become rebellious if the teacher treats them too harshly.
Studying in a more comfortable atmosphere will help them learn more quickly.
During lessons, teachers can play games with students. They may also have lunch together. Teachers can hold activities for students, such as camping and cycling.
A better teacher-student relationship leads to happier lessons, and a happy lesson is favourable for studying.
If they can form a good relationship, students may be more willing to be guided and disciplined by teachers.
Chan Ting-lai, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College