Your Voice: The high costs of the city mean that young adults live with their parents; cross-border pupils must return to school (short letters) – YP

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Eric yu: Don’t judge so quickly

Tsuen Wan Ho Chuen Yiu Public Memorial College

There is a stereotype that young adults living with their parents cannot take care of themselves. But it’s not always the case.

Accommodation in Hong Kong is expensive. Thus, for new university graduates, it is difficult to find jobs paying enough to pay rent, let alone buy their own apartment. As a result, young adults have no choice but to live with their parents.

In addition, many parents constantly hover over their children and plan their every move. They don’t give their children freedom and help explain why people think young adults are too dependent.

Many young adults may want to live independently, but are unable to. Society should pay them more attention than criticism.

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Kelly Lam Pui-man: Return for cross-border students

Pope Paul VI College

I am writing in response to the article “Hong Kong schools with cross-border students have created learning centers for students” (Young post, September 23).

It’s incredibly creative that schools have set up learning centers so that students stuck in mainland China can attend classes and interact with each other. This motivates students to work harder in class and to hand in their homework on time. When stuck learning at home, many were probably distracted and didn’t have the opportunity to talk to their classmates during group activities.

I hope the border can reopen as soon as possible. These learning centers are only a temporary solution.

Hong Kong schools with cross-border students have set up learning centers

Hailey Sit: Schools must adapt to the times

King George V School

Hong Kong schools need to put more emphasis on courses such as media, IT and production design.

We are now living in the digital age and many jobs will soon be replaced by artificial intelligence. Without the right knowledge, many of us might not be able to find lasting employment. It is therefore crucial that we improve our understanding of technology. The human brain may not be as fast as computers, but studying computer science can help us develop new technologies.

Core subjects are important, but students also need to acquire relevant skills to find stable jobs in the future.

teenage student learning online with headphones and laptop

Alice Wong: Beware of unnecessary loopholes

Pope Paul VI College

I am writing to express my opinion on Hong Kong’s new waste pricing system. I am delighted that our city has finally implemented such a program. Under the new regulation, citizens must pay for the garbage bags sold by the government to throw away the garbage. To save money on these purchases, people will be encouraged to create as little waste as possible.

But the scheme can be improved. For example, the government needs to watch out for people who might throw smaller items down the toilet to avoid paying for more garbage bags. This will lead to contamination of the water and clogged pipes.

Nonetheless, the waste pricing system will encourage people to produce less waste if the government takes precautionary measures against loopholes.

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Jacky Leung Hok-wah: Student health matters most

CCC Heep Woh College

Hong Kong’s education system has always been competitive and students are under great pressure. For this reason, we must make changes to protect the mental and physical health of students.

I suggest that younger students aged six to eight have fewer academic classes filled with homework exercises. Rather, this time should be allotted for teaching important skills such as creative thinking, time management, smart goal setting, etc.

A balanced curriculum like this is crucial for students to be successful in school and in life. Instead of investing money and time in exam preparation, we should focus more on the well-being of our students.

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Gary Yip: The state of esports in Hong Kong

Tsuen Wan Ho Chuen Yiu Public Memorial College

Arcade games are popular among teens, and in recent years many places like South Korea and Taiwan have invested in esports, but not Hong Kong.

Many parents in Hong Kong do not want their children to spend time on electronic games. They believe that the only way for their children to have a good future is to get great grades. The city government is focused on supporting its business sector and shows virtually no support for esports.

Esport has potential, and I hope the government can devote more funds to it.

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