Let's work to keep our beaches clean
Yesterday, I went to Shek O beach with my family. When I went for a swim, I was shocked and disgusted by what I saw. The sea was dirty and full of rubbish. There were even toiletries and bags of snacks in the water. I think there were enough litter bins there, so I wonder why people would throw these things into the sea. It was disappointing to see such a grimy beach.
We all want to enjoy a nice living environment, so please be considerate and don't drop litter. Let's make Hong Kong a better place to live.
Lo Yu-ting, Leung Shek Chee College
Beauty salons should tell the truth
Doubts about the truthfulness of many advertisements for beauty salons and slimming centres have increased in recent years because of Photoshop's widespread use.
Nowadays, the models whom people see on billboards may not be anything like the real people. The models can be visions of perfection as their faces and bodies are doctored with image-enhancing software. I think this practice is misleading.
First of all, this cheats the customers. They want to look like the models, but no matter how much effort they put in, they can never achieve this goal because the adverts are false. Secondly, it is unfair to the slimming centres that don't alter the features of their models.
It is important to have good business ethics. The only way to attract customers is to provide better, honest services.
Koey Kwong, Kit Sam Lam Bing Yim Secondary School
Overseas nurses can help our hospitals
Recruiting nurses from other countries can relieve the shortage of staff in our public hospitals. At present, one nurse has to take care of 11 patients. This means they cannot provide the best quality of care. The large influx of mainland mothers also adds to the nurses' workload.
Our health care system enjoys a good reputation. We should uphold this high standard, and one way to do this is by recruiting overseas nurses. Their quality is guaranteed because they have to take the local test before they are hired. This will not affect Hong Kong's employment rate because they would work on a short-term basis.
Other ways to solve the shortage could include expanding the local nursing school or paying overtime.
Catherine Cham, YWCA Hioe Tjo Yoeng College
Danger for young census workers
The Hong Kong census is a large-scale project that requires a lot of staff. However, some of those are very young and still studying. There may be dangers in working alone, especially for female census-takers. It was a pity to hear about some female officers being indecently assaulted.
The government and the census-takers should be aware of their safety. The Census Department could let staff work in pairs or include a male worker for every two female workers.
Census-takers should not take any risks. They should be alert to any possible assaults, and if any take place, they must report them straight away. The government must be responsible for the safety of its workers.
Eleanor Wong, Pooi To Middle School
Don't dodge exams; they can be useful
Students are under great pressure due to so many examinations. To avoid this, some Hong Kong parents now choose overseas curricula which do not require any exams. But to me, exams are a good motivator.
Although studying can enrich our lives, it can be boring, too. To be honest, I think if there were no exams, I would not revise at all. We have so many entertainment options nowadays, and we can choose to have fun with friends rather than study alone.
During revision, we recall what we have learned but have forgotten. This helps strengthen our knowledge. If there were no exams, no students would revise. Our 12 years of free education would be useless and a waste of taxpayers' money.
Pressure can help us improve ourselves. Students, do not reject examinations; they can help you do better.
Cheung Wai-yuen, Tin Shui Wai Government Secondary School