Talking Points: Is it a school’s responsibility to care for a student’s well-being?

Hate it when you can’t talk back? Well, you can with Young Post. Have your say and share with students around Hong Kong

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Janice Ma Sze-yu, 12, Sheng Kung Hui Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School

I think schools should definitely care for each student’s well-being as their well-being may affect how they interact with other students, and even affect whether they will do well in their exams and be able to get into a good university.

Brian Ngan Ling-hang, 18, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

Of course it is. The way I see it, school is like a second home for students. They spend the majority of their time in school. Teachers should care for their students’ well-being like their parents would. If not them, who will?

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Seth Suen, 19, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

I don’t think so. I think it’s the students’ responsibility to care for their own well-being. Of course, they should be able to ask for help from their teachers or a counsellor, but they need to be the ones who seek help for themselves.

Kaman Yu, 12, Sheng Kung Hui Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School

Yes, of course. I think schools should take responsibility for their students’ well-being and make sure they’re happy and healthy. Students spend so much of their young lives at school and if their well-being is poor, that could affect their studies in a negative way.

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Henry Chow Ka-hang, 13, King Ling College

Absolutely. Schools should care about its students’ well-being as it would look bad if their students were unhappy and unhealthy. That could affect the reputation of a school and make parents not want to enrol their children there.

Kelly Lam, 17, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

Yes, definitely! Schools must be responsible for the well-being of its students. Students spend so much time at school, and if they are unhappy all the time, that’s something they can’t just ignore.

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Alan Leung, 17, Fung Kai Liu Man Shek Tong Secondary School

I don’t think so. It’s the school’s responsibility to teach students, and help them grow into useful and polite people before they step into society. I think caring for their well-being should be their parent’s job.

Ken Tsoi Ka-him, 12, Sheng Kung Hui Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School

Of course schools should take care students’ well-being. If students have poor well-being, that will affect their studies and grades. It might also cause them to resent school, so their well-being should be one of the school’s main concerns.

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Chan Lok-yee, 12, Sheng Kung Hui Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School

It is a school’s responsibility to care for students’ well-being because a school is responsible for children’s development, and that includes their physical and mental health. Schools should make sure all their students are happy and healthy.

Edmond Leung, 13, Sheng Kung Hui Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School

If a school wants their students to do well in school and life, they must make sure that they have good well-being throughout their school years. Good well-being will lead to a better attitude in school and better grades.

In our next Talking Points, we’ll discuss:

Should students have more say in what they are taught at school?

We are now accepting your answers for this topic. To take part, email your answer with your name, age, and school, along with a nice, clear selfie (make sure it’s not blurry), to [email protected] by lunchtime on Monday. Don’t forget to include “Talking Points” in the subject line.