Give liberal studies time to succeed
Many students complain that teachers often lack experience in teaching liberal studies, and that it should not be a core subject.
I understand that this is a big problem but I think every new subject takes years to perfect. Liberal studies teachers will adapt and find ways to teach students successfully.
Liberal studies can help encourage critical thinking and shows students how to distinguish between right and wrong.
The subject covers some very useful topics. It can be applied to many real-life situations, and we can learn how to justify our arguments with facts.
It can also enhance students' writing skills.
I think liberal studies could be made an elective subject, so it is up to students whether they choose it. I would also like to see liberal studies teachers receive more training. This will help them immensely.
Chow Cheuk-yiu, Maryknoll Fathers' School
Smoking inspectors need protection
An increasing number of tobacco control inspectors are being attacked by smokers caught puffing in banned areas. I believe this is because the smokers are not afraid of the inspectors.
Those caught smoking in banned areas should not blame anyone. They should do some self-reflection.
The government could give inspectors self-defence classes, have the police enforce the ban and better promote the punishment for people who break the law.
People who do not comply with the regulations and use violence deserve harsher punishment.
Eleanor Wong, Pooi To Middle School
The true meaning of parents' days
Many people say you can show how much you love your parents by buying them a gift or going out for a meal with them on Mother's Day and Father's Day.
But is this the real meaning of these celebrations? The true purpose of these two days should be to remind everyone that they should love their parents.
Wong Sum-yee, Sha Tin Government Secondary School
Give people a chance to speak freely
There has been an increasing number of cases where people like Ai Weiwei and Zhao Lianhai have been accused of social disorder. This is the view of the central government.
From my point of view, what they've done is a kind of civil participation. These cases show that human rights are not protected on the mainland.
The government needs to change its attitude and give people the right to voice their views.
The lack of human rights slows down the progress of society. If Beijing stops people from expressing their views, it will not hear new ideas or opinions which may be good for our country. There could be serious consequences if the public do not have the freedom of expression.
The lack of human rights is also a matter of social injustice. It's not fair that people cannot voice their opinions freely, and are treated unfairly when they do so.
The central government should abandon the view that activists will threaten their political power and cause social disorder if given the opportunity to express their views.
Cho Wing-kei, Christian Alliance S. W. Chan Memorial College
Good eye care vital from a young age
Statistics have revealed that the number of short-sighted children in Hong Kong is increasing.
Academic pressure, computer games and misconceptions about wearing glasses are to blame. To prevent the situation from deteriorating, prompt action is needed.
Parents should be careful with their children's health and try not to burden them with academic pressure. Reading and looking at a computer for a long time will worsen myopia.
The rise in myopia among schoolchildren can also be blamed on their lack of outdoor activities. Little do they know outdoor activities can help slow the progression of this eye condition.
Many students believe that their myopia will worsen if they wear glasses, but some eye specialists say this is not true.
Natasha Chung Po-yan, Kit Sam Lam Bing Yim Secondary School