TV is getting its signals wrong
Some local television dramas are sending out the wrong messages to teenagers. For example, they make it look like being immoral is OK. This kind of attitude is wrong and could cause big social problems. I really hope TV stations will stop broadcasting such shows.
In contrast, history programmes, children's channels, and shows like City Forum teach us useful things about life and how to choose between right and wrong. I just wish there were more such programmes.
Chloe Wong Ka-hei, Pooi To Middle School
Farms are alive with the sound of music
The article 'Happy hens lay the best eggs' (Young Post, September 20) caught my attention.
A question immediately came to my mind: how can you make hens happy?
The report was about 'music eggs' produced by birds that listen to music. These hens are raised at Harvest Musical Farm in Yuen Long in the New Territories.
I have since done some online research and found this is done in many countries. Music is played to farm animals and even crops.
For instance, cows and sheep on some British farms listen to music. This helps the animals to stay calm, relaxed and happy.
It's said the music eggs taste and look better. I really hope I get a chance to try one.
Carina Shun, Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School
Build more public housing, and quickly
I think the government and the Buildings Department must do something to solve the problem of poor families having to live in flats subdivided into cubicles. There's not enough space for them and the living conditions are dangerous. The government needs to build more public housing for these families - and fast.
Instead, we keep seeing more luxury residences being built. Does the government believe people in Hong Kong have the money to buy them?
Nowadays, most people who buy luxury homes here are mainlanders. Before building more luxury flats, please think of the poor in Hong Kong and solve the cubicle problem.
Aster Hui Tung-yan
Exams have stood the test of time
Recently, a teachers' group and an education concern group proposed the abolition of the examination system, arguing that learning has become too exam-oriented.
I believe children can learn much better with a clear goal. Without exams, they won't be motivated to learn at all. Students only do revision before tests and exams.
In addition, students would never learn how to cope with challenges if exams were abolished.
If I was a company boss, I would like to hire the best people to work for me. Without exams, students would not have any certificates to prove how much they have learned, and employers would not be able to differentiate between good and bad workers before hiring them.
The most significant point is that the examination system is fair because everyone sits the same paper at the same time. Moreover, exams were introduced a long time ago in China because it was the best system to select government officials.
Law Man-hung, Po Leung Kuk Ma Kam Ming College
City is in grip of mental health crisis
Almost 20 per cent of Hong Kong people have symptoms of mental disorder, including anxiety and depression, according to a recent news report. This is worrying, and something has to be done before things get worse.
When faced with financial problems, work pressure, or poor relationships with friends or family, some people may feel frustrated, depressed or anxious.
Those suffering from depression or any other mental condition should seek immediate treatment.
If they delay seeing a doctor, they will take a longer time to recover.
Having regular exercise and communicating with families and friends can help a person cope with difficult situations.
Moreover, the government should provide more information on stress and depression to the public.
People could be educated on the treatment that is available to mental patients.
Also, more social workers could be hired to help the sufferers.
Maggie Cheung, Leung Shek Chee College