THE Secretary of the Civil Service, Michael Sze Cho-cheung, urged students to speak out, be confident in whatever they do and to turn what some regard as 'failure' into success by adopting the right attitude. He said they should learn from mistakes and gain strength from their new-found knowledge. Mr Sze, the guest-of-honour at the Tseung Kwan O Government Secondary School's graduation ceremony, said the future of Hong Kong lay in their hands and they must face it with a sense of responsibility. They were expected to participate fully in society by helping the disadvantaged have the courage to voice their opinions and to try to make the future better for all. He emphasised the need for two written languages, English and Cantonese, and three spoken languages, Putonghua, Cantonese and English. He encouraged the students to do their best in the face of this challenge to help realise the true potential of Hong Kong. Principal Grace Wong said the school was already moving in the right direction, with significantly improved exam results. At A-level, the pass rate was 66 per cent, with 25 credits and distinctions allowing a good proportion of Form Seven students to go on to university or to other higher education establishments. The HKCEE results were 13 per cent higher than last year, with a pass rate of 74 per cent, enabling most students to progress to Form Six. She added that there had been corresponding developments in the school's curriculum, with the introduction of Putonghua and Computer Literacy in Form One, Principles of Accounts and Chinese Literature in Form Four, and Computer Studies in Form Six. Perhaps the most significant move in the year was the establishment of the PTA under the chairmanship of Kwong Wai-tong in December 1994, she said. Its impact was felt immediately with the founding of six scholarships for outstanding pupils, the installation of a new public-address system in the classrooms and covered playground, and photocopying facilities in the library for students to use. In addition, a regular bulletin has been sent to all parents keeping them in touch with school activities. The guests were later entertained by the choir, two students on violin and recorder, and the Chinese Choral Verse and Prose Group. The group was first in the recent Hong Kong Schools' Speech Festival and overall champions of the Choral Verse Speaking Competition (S1 to S7).