PUBLISHED : Monday, 06 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 06 February, 2012, 12:00am


Students must focus or fail their exams

Two schoolmates asked me to teach them mathematics. They were from another class which had bad maths results.

As their friend, I wanted them to pass their exam, so I promised to teach them. At first, they concentrated. However, in the next lesson, they started to chat. Soon they asked to have tea. They were just wasting time.

During the next lesson, I found that they chatted once again. I got angry and told them that the first one to answer the upcoming question would get a milk tart for free. Suddenly, they became very focused.

That question was difficult and I had only taught them some equations related to it. However, it only took five minutes for one of them to solve the question.

I was shocked. I realised that students from classes with bad exam results can be very clever. Nevertheless, most of them refuse to concentrate. This is why they always get poor results.

Chan Hong, King Ling College

Intellectual property deserves our respect

The internet has improved our lives a lot. We can search for the information we need, get the latest international news, play online games, communicate with friends, watch videos and listen to music.

Information flows freely on the internet and therefore it is easy for people to download different things from it. These include books, music, movies and songs. However, some of the download methods are illegal and cause copyright infringement.

This can be unfair to the copyright owners. Producers make a big investment to create a movie or a song. They rely on these products to earn their living. If no one is willing to pay for their products, they will not create music or movies any more. Teenagers especially do not respect the creative work of others.

As the situation is getting worse, I think concerns should be raised on this issue.

The government has already provided legal protection for literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, sound recordings, films and performances. However, this is not enough. I think the government should try to make people realise how important it is to respect intellectual property.

Schools could invite music producers or pop idols to give talks to students promoting intellectual property rights.

The government could also hold video or songwriting competitions to encourage people to respect creative works.

Copyright owners need our support so they can continue to create. I hope all of you are willing to prevent illegal downloads and stand up for intellectual property.

Suen Ning-lee, The Chinese Foundation Secondary School

Fighting for seats is a waste of time

When the seats of an MTR compartment are full, there is still lots of room to stand. However, some people don't like standing. They will try to squeeze onto the seats. This is impolite. It makes other passengers feel uncomfortable, and they may choose to leave the seats. Also, this behaviour will cause conflicts.

When the seats of a compartment are full, passengers should show some endurance and stand, or just wait for the next train. Don't waste your time fighting for seats with other passengers.

Lam Tsz-man, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

Recycle your used lai see packets

At Lunar New Year, the most popular traditional activity is giving and receiving red packets. There is money inside them.

People prepare a lot of red packets and use some specific envelopes. Nevertheless, people usually take the money out and discard the envelope afterwards. These envelopes are often beautiful with special designs. Throwing them away is really wasteful.

I support the organisation that is promoting the recycling and reusing of these envelopes. People are encouraged to donate used envelopes which are clean and undamaged.

The staff of the organisation will sort these envelopes by colour and size. Afterwards, the staff will give them to people who need to prepare red packets in the coming year.

This is a positive activity which can help save trees. We should let more people know about it.

Brian Lee Tin-ching, Maryknoll Fathers' School