Shruti Srinivasan, 17, Delia School of Canada I think the government should help students from low-income families do the things most of us take for granted. Many of these students have to rush home after school to help with housework or other chores, or do part-time jobs. The government cannot really make much difference in these circumstances. But there are students who can't afford art materials to join an art club, buy a camera for a photography workshop, or buy musical instruments to join a band. These are the students whom the government should help. The government should provide funds to schools which in turn can buy the equipment for students from low-income families. This way, more students will have the chance to take part in extra-curricular activities. Schools should also provide a transport allowance to these underprivileged students. Such subsidies would help create equal opportunities for all students, regardless of their social background. Shruti Srinivasan won the first round of the debate Kevin Kung, 18, Ying Wa College Students from families who receive Comprehensive Social Security Assistance enjoy a government subsidy when they participate in extra-curricular activities. But the programme does not include low-income groups who are having a tough time coping with the current economic crisis. Students from such families cannot even meet their basic needs, let alone take part in additional activities. The government should help these children broaden their horizons. At the same time, it should promote campaigns aimed at needy families. For example, the Hong Kong Jockey Club also subsidises students who have financial difficulties. But some students and their parents may have never heard of it. The Education Bureau should inform these students of the ways the programme can help them. Under the new senior secondary curriculum, students are encouraged to take part in more extra-curricular activities, which may become part of the assessment. The government should ensure every student can participate in extra-curricular activities. Students in need should receive financial assistance so they are not left out of the system.