Octopus donation needs improvement
I am writing in response to the letter 'Fine-tune donating by Octopus'(SCMP, December 22). I agree that the Hong Kong Council of Social Service and Octopus Cards should improve the new donation method recently introduced for flag days.
The donation on the machine is fixed at HK$5, so people cannot donate more. Moreover, each Octopus card can be used only to donate once on any day, so people cannot donate to other flag sellers.
The Hong Kong Council of Social Service and Octopus Cards need to make changes so people can choose the amount they want to donate and use their cards many times.
Suki Tong Shuk-wun, King Ling College
Scientific knowledge can keep us healthy
The more we know about science, nutrition and how our body works the healthier we will be.
Today many people die because of illnesses brought about by bad diets, such as heart disease and diabetes. If everyone had a basic understanding of nutrition they might realise the danger of eating too many fats or sugars, and the need for balance.
People can learn through books or other sources which substances are hazardous, and which are good for health. They will learn they need to eat foods such as fruit and vegetables, which are rich in vitamins and dietary fibre.
Brenda Tam, Leung Shek Chee College
What good is Liberal Studies to students?
The new core subject of Liberal Studies is intended to help students analyse different issues through critical thinking and multi-dimensional thinking skills. Students have to read more and hone their thinking skills through discussion of many topics.
Yet, in my opinion, Liberal Studies is not necessary.
Firstly, the direction is unclear. There are not enough teachers to teach the new subject. And those teaching do not have experience, which means students will have trouble learning from their lessons.
I think the introduction of this subject should have been better planned.
Second, if the aim of Liberal Studies is to build up a student's critical thinking, why can't we get this through study of other subjects, such as economics and geography? Now students have to spend extra time studying this new subject. If they spent this extra time on other, more useful, subjects they would get better results.
Shen Ying, The Chinese Foundation Secondary School
Hard work is the key to life's success
I often hear people say that they have already lost the race when they have to compete with children from more privileged families. There is no doubt that children that are well nurtured and educated by their parents are at a big advantage.
Yet this doesn't mean that others will be left behind forever. If less privileged children give up halfway, all their parents' efforts will have been in vain.
Many children in the rural areas of the mainland have illiterate parents, but they still achieve success in their studies and careers. Numerous inspiring stories of this kind prove that, although we are behind at the starting line, if we work harder than the others we will surely win at the finishing line.
Linda Wan Hok-yan, GCCITKD Lau Pak Lok Secondary School
New graduates need to pull their socks up
I am writing to express my opinion of a recent City University survey about new graduates' capability in handling matters in the workforce.
It revealed that 80 per cent of the 326 senior company executives questioned found new graduates lacked 'soft skills', particularly in multitasking.
It also appeared that the graduates were not willing to devote themselves to the company, or even display any loyalty.
Some of them had a very casual attitude towards their jobs. They did not know how to make the best use of their time. This is not acceptable. These graduates are Hong Kong's future, and must maintain a high standard of service to uphold the city's well-established reputation.
However, if employers can provide better job prospects and adequate rewards it might boost employees' productivity and loyalty. Both the employers and employees need to try a bit harder.
Cathy Li Ka -wai, Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School