HKDSE 2018: From housing to young people's well-being, top scorers are worried about Hong Kong's future

HKDSE 2018: From housing to young people's well-being, top scorers are worried about Hong Kong's future

Many are concerned about issues such as housing, student mental health, and youth development in the city

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(From left) Top scorers from St Paul's Co-ed Lam Chin-wang, Wong Ching-ho, and Luk Hei pose with their HKDSE score sheets.
Photo: Nora Tam/SCMP

The nine students who received top scores in the HKDSE expressed mixed feelings about the future of Hong Kong, citing problems in areas such as housing, mental health of students, and youth development.

The students, speaking after receiving their results this morning, commented on areas as diverse as the environment, law, and politics, where they wish to see improvements in the future.

Of particular relevance were the top scorers’ concerns over the Hong Kong student community’s mental health. Many revealed worries about whether or not students are mentally fit enough in this exam-oriented environment of constant studying.

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“The education system needs to be improved so that more opportunities and assistance can be given to the younger generation to face the DSE,” said Cheris Lee Cheuk-ying, 17, from Good Hope School. “We do get enough assistance for our studies, but not in emotional support. A lot of youngsters face tremendous pressure, but they don’t have a way out to relieve.”

Hubert Wong Ching-ho, 16, from St. Paul’s Co-educational College, agrees, saying that Hong Kong should try to “adopt a more friendly learning atmosphere” to combat mental health issues in the education system.

Others said they were worried about the lack of opportunities for youth to fulfil their potential in the future and live a good life in the city.

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Andy Sum Ka-ho, 17, of Diocesan Boys’ School says housing is a major issue that needs to be addressed for a better Hong Kong and that the city is in need of “different stakeholders who can cooperate and solve the social problems in Hong Kong regarding housing.”

Nobel Yuen Wai-him, 18, of Queen’s College, said that Chief Executive Carrie Lam should make youth development a priority.

“One of the focuses in her chief executive election manifesto was to improve [our city’s] youth development work... But she has done little so far, and I haven’t see her bringing many positive influences on teenagers.”

 

Edited by Jamie Lam

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