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Kindergarten subsidy: bless or curse?

December 16, 2009

By Carmen Wong, Fung Kai Liu Man Sheck Tong Secondary School

In this age of society, most of the parents would like their children to attend a lot of extra classes for the sake of their prospect. Some wealthy families make use of the government vouchers to enroll their children in local half-day school and spend their own money for international classes.

Allowing children to fright for their study is comprehensible; however, it is not wise to put undue pressure on the children who only aged 3-6. It is not worth it to train a child to be a talent at the expense of childhood. I think it is a precious time for the children to enjoy their childhood.

Children cannot cope with so much stress correctly and so they may have emotional disease easily. Is it cruel for the kids to have such an unhealthy mental health so early? Parents should put themselves into their children’s shoes and provide enough rest for them instead of just sending them to too many classes.

I hope the adults can place more emphasis on the childern’s mental health rather than their academic result only.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. nono permalink
    December 23, 2009 6:21 pm

    To my despair,hong Kong highlight infant education more and more.children is not suitable to
    cope with a variety of homework that they have no enough concentration. not until junior school do i think that they have the right to develop their personality,don’t just learn things by rote,it will be damage their mental health.Yes, i agree.
    More to the point,it will pose not only mental ,but also bodily damage.the children probably will distaste to memories the ever-increasing facts,vocabulary,in turn,they will loss of appetite
    and cause a severe result.
    to be fair,this phenomenon is undoubtedly from the failed system of examination ,education bureau should introspect with meticulous planning, and reform immediately.

  2. Wing Tam permalink
    December 23, 2009 12:56 am

    I agree with Carmen that children’s mental health is much more important than acquiring good academic results. Since they are still developing their mind and values, they should be given the freedom to do what they want. Playing games seems not good, but it can be a useful way for children to learn how to get along with others and raise their creativity and organisation, just like doing puzzles and playing logos. Besides, their physical health can be improved. Via playing hide-and -seek,catching and chasing,children can do exercise.
    However, if children are sent to study for nearly 8 hours per day, they won’t have time to play. They would have to do homework, get adapted to different institutes and people, rather than taking rest and have fun. So, it is not suitable for parents to arrange 2 schools for their children.

  3. December 16, 2009 2:48 pm

    To learn more about the subsidy, read the Liberal Studies article in Young Post, December 17, 2009

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