Young Lives Mat­ter

HK Magazine - - NEWS -

The trou­bling deaths by sui­cide of seven stu­dents over the course of nine days has raised con­cerns in the city about stu­dent stress. Groups such as the Hong Kong Pro­fes­sional Teach­ers’ Union sug­gest that ex­ces­sive home­work and drilling, lim­ited time and at­ten­tion over­worked teach­ers are able to ded­i­cate to their stu­dents, and scant re­sources for trou­bled pupils are all to blame. The Ed­u­ca­tion Bureau has since an­nounced plans to form an in­ves­tiga­tive com­mit­tee and has rounded up psy­chol­o­gists to pro­vide ex­tra help to schools as nec­es­sary, and the au­thor­i­ties will also be or­ga­niz­ing sui­cide preven­tion sem­i­nars for school lead­ers and par­ents. The Sa­mar­i­tan Be­frien­ders Hong Kong ad­vised par­ents to talk to their chil­dren to help pre­vent other copy­cat sui­cides. Our take: This is aw­ful.

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