DIRECTOR of Education Lam Woon-kwong urged students to grasp every opportunity to learn. The guest-of-honour told students at the Po Leung Kuk Joint Secondary School graduation ceremony that learning is a never-ending process. 'Finishing secondary school marks the end of one learning phase and the beginning of another,' Mr Lam said. He told the students that they should bravely face the many challenges they would come across after their graduation. 'Only through self-advancement can we cater for the ever-changing needs of our society,' Mr Lam said. He also urged the students to learn from the school's chairman, Mr Tan Giok-sie, who has set a good example for today's young people with his steadiness, diligence and perseverance. Guided by high ideals and run by devoted staff members, Po Leung Kuk secondary schools had made much progress over the years, Mr Lam added. Mr Tan said the schools aimed to provide students with a broad and balanced education in addition to basic training in academic and technical skills. A wide variety of extra-curricular activities is provided to cater for the different needs and interests of the students and to help them develop their potential, a spirit of co-operation and self-reliance, he said. The schools also emphasised morals and virtues and the development of self-actualisation. 'We are keen to help students develop a proper and positive attitude towards life,' he said. To achieve this, teachers hold individual meetings with students regularly, he said. More than 3,000 secondary students were presented with certificates this year.