Letters to the Editor, September 17, 2016

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 17 September, 2016, 12:18am
UPDATED : Saturday, 17 September, 2016, 12:17am

Piling on the pressure is bad for students

Many Hong Kong children are not just struggling to cope with pressure to do well at school. They are also having problems developing their communication skills.

In fact, being able to interact well with other people is far more important than doing well academically.

Their level of interpersonal skills will determine the kind of adults they become and how well they can deal with the ­problems they will encounter in life.

Some local parents place too much emphasis on the development of good academic skills. signing their children up for extracurricular activities or tutorial classes in their spare time even when the children are reluctant.

If they are put under too much pressure they may experience an unhappy childhood, and this can adversely affect their studies.

This can be due to too much pressure and feeling neglected. Because they have to work such long hours many Hong Kong parents cannot spend much time with their children.

They need to pay more attention to and be more aware of their children’s feelings.

They should try and spend more time with them and find out what they are really thinking.

Teachers also have to be aware of the pressure students are under and make the learning experience more rewarding by handing out fewer homework assignments. They should try to make their lessons more interesting.

With less homework youngsters will have more time to relax after the school day. It is important for them to have time to play and pursue their hobbies. This can help lower the stress caused by their studies.

The priority in society is to help young Hongkongers become equipped to cope with the challenges they will face in their lives.

Vanessa Lau, Wan Chai

Schools should be discussing independence

I agree with Peter Tam’s letter (“Independence is suitable ­topic of discussion”, September 5). All Hong Kong citizens enjoy freedom of speech and we are entitled to express our opinions freely on any subject including current affairs.

Teenagers in the city have become much more politically aware and this should be seen as a positive development which is good for society. It is important for us all to analyse what is happening politically and determine what effect (good and bad) it will have on our lives.

Therefore, it would be wrong for discussions on independence to be banned in schools. All aspects of independence can be discussed on liberal studies in a neutral way.

Queens Fung, Sham Shui Po

Women play vital role in Chinese society

I refer to Alex Lo’s column (“From volleyball to science ­fiction, these women are ­showing the positive face of China”, August 26).

In the past, Chinese society was patriarchal. It was believed that girls should stay at home and often they were discouraged from going out to work. But, these patriarchal views have changed and women in China are showing the world that they can be far more independent than previous generations.

Women still do much of the housework. However, girls can now go to school to get an ­education. They can look for work and find jobs that suit their abilities. And many are now ­displaying their athletic talent and winning gold medals at the Olympics and other competitions.

China’s women can be proud of the contribution they are making to society.

Oscar Au Yeung, Po Lam

Why Obama must change nuclear policy

I refer to the article by Zhou Bo (‘‘World needs Obama to fulfil ‘no first use’ nuclear pledge’’, September 5). I agree that this is a commitment that the US should make.

The consequences of using nuclear weapons are known to all of us; it would have disastrous results that would still be felt centuries from now. Given America’s status globally it should be acting as a role model for other countries and for other nuclear nations to follow.

If President Barack Obama does not declare the “no first use” ­policy for America’s ­nuclear ­arsenal, this will encourage more countries to become de facto nuclear-weapons states. His declaration will ­benefit future generations.

Zoe Liu Sze-yui, Kwai Chung

Mooncakes a special treat with cup of tea

I refer to the letter by Joey Chan Yuen-yi (“Think carefully before buying mooncakes”, September 14).

Your correspondent may not like mooncakes as much as I do. They are one of my favourite foods. Every Mid-Autumn ­Festival I eat a mooncake as a ­dessert along with pu-erh tea.

In ancient times mooncakes were given as a ­reward in the summer for hard work done by labourers. As they contained so much sugar it helped give them energy.

There is no need to be ­concerned about waste from ­bakeries. The ingredients for mooncakes that they did not need can be used to bake other ­products.

Edmond Pang, Fanling

Cheaper green air con will win over citizens

I refer to the letter by Vicky Chung (“We all need to be eco-friendly to save planet”, September 9).

The government has tried to educate students about the need to be more environmentally friendly, such as trying to save energy. However, the ­message does not always seem to be getting through. At home youngsters will often still keep electrical appliances plugged in when they are not in use.

They fail to comprehend how their actions, no matter how small, can impact on the environment.

The best option is for the government to invest more in green technology. Urging citizens to try to cut back on their use of air conditioners might not work. But, if it is explained to them that a particular kind of air con is more energy efficient and therefore cheaper to run and good for the environment they may be persuaded to buy it.

It is the same with recycling. Once we have a fully-operational recycling sector people are more likely get involved in recycling and this will stop a lot of material ending up in landfills.

Nancy Lam, To Kwa Wan

Alarmed by escalation of animal cruelty

Animal abuse in the area of Hong Kong where I live has got worse with more pets ill-treated or abandoned.

Enforcement action by the police must be stepped up to curb this rising trend. Also, the government should emphasise the importance of respecting animal rights and encouraging citizens to report any abuse they see to the relevant authorities. We must all try to be more ­vigilant.

Educating potential pet owners is also important. They need to be made to realise that looking after an animal is a ­major responsibility.

Parents also need to teach their children the importance of animal welfare.

I hope that there will be a ­reduction of cases of animal ­cruelty, not just in my neighbourhood but throughout Hong Kong.

Sirius Kong Tin-long, Tsuen Wan