HAVE you ever been the chairman or secretary of a club or society in your school? If you have, you probably know what an exciting and rewarding experience it is.
In fact, leadership opportunities are an integral part of secondary education, and students long to sit on committees of extra-curricular groups.
However, many complain that these posts are dominated by Form Six girls, and that girls in junior forms rarely get selected. They also fear that teachers show favouritism.
That's why there is a new selection scheme in our school: all girls are free to apply for any posts they are interested in. All they have to do is attend a 'job interview'.
The interviewers - teacher advisers and past committee members - ask the 'job hunters' questions about their ambitions, policies, strategies, experience, etc. The results are announced a week after the interviews.
The interviews were conducted after school in early September. There were over 200 'job applicants'.
Queues started forming outside the two waiting rooms long before the interviews began.
The corridor became so crowded that it was like travelling on the MTR during rush hour. Many of the students left the interview centres wearing broad smiles, while others looked worried. The interviews went on late into the afternoon on both days.
'I appreciate the new system because it is a fairer approach to choosing committee members,' said one student.
'All students stand an equal chance of being selected,' echoed another.
Other applicants commented that it enhanced the students' sense of commitment. Even those who failed to be selected felt involved, instead of being ignored, they said.
Another applicant added that although some of the questions were tough, the interview was interesting. Judging from these remarks, it is clear that the new selection scheme has indeed been a big success. Queenie is a pupil of the school