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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 29 November, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 29 November, 2011, 12:00am

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It's our duty to help the elderly

There is a debate over what is more deserving of extra financing: the elderly or the economy.

In the eyes of many businessmen, spending huge amounts on old people is a low-return investment with high risks.

Nonetheless, the majority of the public recognise their social responsibilities and want government money to be spent on caring for the elderly who are unable to earn a living any more.

Lending a helping hand to people in need is the duty of every Hongkonger.

Wong Ho-yeung, King Ling College

Find time to click with your parents

It is worth watching Click, a touching movie about the importance of spending time with family.

Michael, an architect, is the main character.

He is a workaholic and keeps letting his family down. We could easily relate to his situation.

We hongkongers lead a hectic life, as we try to have a good education and career. We also want to make a lot of money.

However, we may overlook family love in our pursuit of materialism. This could have long-lasting effects.

If you have any free time, try to spend it with your parents.

As our parents get older, we have no control over how long they'll live.

But we can control our time, and we should use it well.

Annie Ng, Pooi To Middle School

Serious mistakes in primary exam

Primary Three students increased the pass rate in both English and Chinese in this year's Territory-wide System Assessment - but they also made some serious mistakes.

In the Chinese test, some students gave a time of '28:00am' and used kilograms to describe people's height.

In addition, there were many Chinese characters that they didn't know how to write.

In the English tests, emotions were limited to 'happy' or 'sad' and passages were translated directly into English ignoring the rules of grammar. For example, a student wrote 'I with dad and mum'.

These mistakes were really depressing. I suggest that teachers and parents should encourage students to read, speak, listen and write more.

Prisca Kwok, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

Runaway students are cheating us all

I agree with the writer of a recent newspaper article who condemned the behaviour of students who leave with their university graduation certificates without paying back the education loans.

Admittedly, graduates do not stand much chance of making their payments before they find a job. However, it's not an acceptable excuse for trying to escape the loan.

At best, you can pity these students and try to forgive them. At worst, you can argue they are cheating the government and taking advantage of flaws in the system.

Graduates who cannot find a job should make good use of the Continuing Education Fund's reimbursable courses to improve their chances. And, with a job in hand, graduates have no reason to run away from their loans.

Did all that education not teach them that citizens should take responsibility for their actions? And students should ask themselves: is it really worth saving money at the expense of their conscience?

Veronica Lam

Time to rethink family structure

Women have been taking care of the children for centuries, but stay-at-home dads, or house husbands, have certainly become more common, especially in the West.

According to some studies, during the first five years of a child's life, the father's role is more influential in how the child learns to manage his or her body, navigate social circumstances and play.

Women were found to be more capable than men of developing close bonds with their children while working full time.

In cases where the woman is the higher earner, it makes more economic sense for her to continue to work while the man stays at home to take care of the children.

I hope that more Asian and Muslim couples put aside tradition and consider the advantages of this new family structure.

Timothy Chan Wing-jong, Pentecostal Lam Hon Kwong School

 

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