SCHOLARS not only have to study hard and sit for examinations, but they also need to actively acquire knowledge, pursue the truth, organise themselves and have their own destiny firmly in their grasp. This message was given by Dr Cheng Kai-ming, dean of the Faculty of Education of the University of Hong Kong, at the 15th Speech Day of the Hong Kong Sze Yap Commercial and Industrial Association Wong Tai Shan Memorial College held recently. ''You are now facing a more brilliant and rich future than any previous generation,'' Dr Cheng said. ''China is rapidly changing and so is Hong Kong. What is certain is that both Hong Kong and the mainland need you.'' The guest-of-honour believed that after 1997, Hong Kong would have the largest number of intellectuals of any part of China. The city will also be China's most modern and intellectuals here have an historical mission which cannot be transferred to anyone else. ''To undertake the mission, you not only have to pay attention to the acquisition of knowledge but also need broader skills.'' Dr Cheng said government policy had increased the number of tertiary places available in Hong Kong and so had taken some of the pressure off secondary school students, freeing them to diversify in order to establish ideals and learning initiatives and organise power and independent thinking so as to accept the challenges ahead. In his annual report, principal Mr Law Kam-yau said the school had a total of 29 classes with some 1,200 students and 50 teaching staff organised by a School Board Committee . ''We offer our students an obvious target - to be able to study as well as play,'' Mr Law said. ''Through a wide range of activities, the school promotes civic awareness, self-discipline, self-confidence and the courage to face and overcome difficulties.'' Mr Law said he realised that as problems increased because of increasingly complex social conditions, educationalists also had to face more challenges. ''Every member of the school tries our best to work hard to teach and guide our students,'' Mr Law said. ''I hope they can become morally upright, educated young people who can positively contribute to the stability and prosperity of Hong Kong.''