Student wins calligraphy prize

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 September, 2011, 12:00am


Keeping his homework tidy and his handwriting neat has paid off for Primary Six student Sze Chun-yat. He won first prize at a calligraphy contest at Plaza Hollywood on Sunday, beating other students and adults.

Sze (pictured), of Kwong Ming Ying Loi School in Yuen Long, is unusual among Hong Kong students. About 80 per cent of teachers say students' handwriting is worse than 10 years ago, according to a survey by Plaza Hollywood, the Education Employees General Union and the Hong Kong Hard Pen Calligraphists' Association.

Bad handwriting gives teachers more work to do.

'Our colleagues spend extra time to correct students' handwriting, and this increases our workload and pressure,' said Yu Yee-wah, who chairs the education union.

Calligraphy expert Lui Chiu-wing said students might be holding the pen badly. 'The handwriting will improve if they can learn to hold the pen correctly.'