Letters to the Editor, June 27, 2017
Pupils living in Shenzhen get a raw deal
In the central allocation of Primary One school places, the Education Bureau has treated Hong Kong schoolchildren living in Shenzhen differentially from their counterparts living in Hong Kong.
The school net system guarantees most children go to schools near their homes so long as they reside in Hong Kong.
Yet, when the schoolchildren live in Shenzhen, the near-home principle fails to apply and many of them are assigned to schools in Tung Chung and Wong Tai Sin, forcing them to spend four to five hours commuting every day or giving up studying in Hong Kong.
In response to my inquiry, the bureau confirmed that it treated Primary One applicants living in Shenzhen as a separate group in order to guarantee the school places of students living within the school nets.
Such a policy seems to violate the principle of equality and could be subject to judicial review.
I therefore urge the bureau to consult the Department of Justice and review the legality of its Primary One admission policy regarding applicants living in Shenzhen.
Simon Wang, Kowloon Tong
City remains one of freest economies
It was to be expected that activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung and his fellow disillusioned foot soldiers would reappear as the territory celebrates 20 years of success following the end of the colonial era (“Activists target Bauhinia statue ahead of Xi visit”, June 27).
Hong Kong remains one of the world’s freest economies, a place where if you meet this city half way and are prepared to work, it will reward you. Joshua Wong fails in his puerile attacks because he does not understand that Hong Kong is loved by most of the people who live here.
We are not looking for a divorce with Beijing.
Recent comments from former leaders that we need to embrace China, and understand that to work with China offers only betterment for all the citizens of Hong Kong, is something these activists cannot comprehend. This is because competition to succeed requires more than a whining insistence that life is so hard.
I salute Hong Kong for the past 20 years and look forward to the next exciting 20; Hong Kong – the best city in China.
Mark Peaker, The Peak
Citizens can all do their bit to reduce waste
I agree with people who say more must be done to cut down on Hong Kong’s huge volumes of waste, if we want to improve the environment we live in.
With so much waste being deposited in our landfills every day, they are nearing capacity. If we do not take action, Hong Kong will become notorious for being the city of refuse.
There is so much needless waste, such as the story earlier this year about a supermarket selling a single packaged strawberry. There is a lot of packaging and people just throw it away.
Environmental protection should be of concern to us all.
It should become part of our daily lives to follow the 3Rs – recycle, reuse, reduce. For example, we can recycle cans, bottles and paper by using the recycle bins that are located around the city.
When we go out, we should bring our own reusable bag instead of plastic bags. And, as consumers, we can avoid buying products that have too much packaging.
If we all act, we can reduce volumes of rubbish.
All citizens need to recognise the importance of environmental protection. We cannot keep wasting the earth’s resources. If we do so the consequences will be serious.
I am sure that if we really try, we can all follow greener lifestyles.
Chloe Fun Hau-yi, Kwai Chung
Hotter days caused by human action
Extreme weather is becoming more frequent, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.
When it comes to hourly rainfall records, they keep being broken and the number of hot nights and very hot days has increased.
I believe that as humans we do influence these extreme weather conditions, both here and globally, for example, through deforestation and burning fossil fuels like coal. As temperatures rise so do sea levels. Deforestation must end, with concerted programmes to grow more trees.
Governments need to use more renewable energy. Individuals must recycle more.
We all have a responsibility to protect the environment and act to reduce extreme weather conditions. We should all think more carefully about trying to save the environment.
Kathleen Kong Hoi-hung, Hang Hau
Youngsters must show determination
Young people have to be willing to show grit and determination and persevere to achieve their long-term goals. And this is something they should aim for, not just over a short period, but for years.
I think students who show that steely determination and work hard for long periods can often do better than a student with a higher IQ. Striving for excellence is like a marathon, not a sprint.
Hong Kong students so often feel stressed, especially if they are struggling academically.
Too much emphasis is placed on short-term success and exam results such as the Diploma of Secondary Education. However, youngsters need to be encouraged to show their talent and determination to succeed.
They need to believe that if they make a real effort and are motivated, they will be able to change their future prospects.
Crystal Li Wing-yan, Tsz Wan Shan