HKFWS reaches youngsters in their campuses. With the aim of "strengthening families", we provide professional counselling service to nurture youngsters’ holistic development. Stepping into the Generation Z, youngsters indulge in internet, which creates family conflicts and parenting problems. Our social workers help youngsters facilitate their communications with parents and relieve family tension to promote mutual respect and understanding among family members.

Life Planning

I am a junior high school student. I am neither interested in the school curriculum, nor can I keep up with the progress. I want to drop out and learn cooking, but my parents opposed it. I am very confused. What should I do?

First of all, you should understand when did you start losing interest in learning. Does it take place in primary school, form one or form two?

What are the main reasons for not being interested in the school curriculum? Think about whether you are not interested in the specific subjects or many subjects? Or there are still other reasons? For instance, the workload, difficulty in understanding the content of the class, insufficient learning skills, or unsatisfactory learning environment, etc. There may be reasons other than learning, such as problems with peers, which make you feel losing the motivation to learn.

(1) Rebuild the motivation of life and learning

1. Try to find the reasons for the loss of motivation to learn, and then talk to parents, teachers, social workers, and friends. Try to solve the problem through conversation. It is inevitable to encounter some uninteresting things in different stages of our lives. Therefore, we need to work hard to overcome and solve it! This motivation will also affect your future studies or work.

2. If you feel that the results are not as good as you think after working hard, you can try to identify if you have room for improvement. If you have tried different methods and still cannot enhance your interest in the course, please tell your parents frankly and let them know that you have made effort.

3. Talk to the teacher and social worker to find out your strengths, weaknesses and interests. Then, plan your direction.

(2) Different situations, different paths

1. Understand the differences between the way out of junior high school and senior high school. You should also look for relevant course materials and paths to see if it fits your future career expectations and meets your needs.

2. Ask for the teachers and social workers’ opinions and to assess whether it is good or bad to drop out of school to study for cooking or continue the junior high school courses. Or you can think about when it is more suitable to transfer to study cooking.

While you are expressing your views and feelings, you need to consider your parents' worries and opinions. Only sincere communication and mutual understanding can reach a consensus.

Source: Ms. Chu, Social Worker, the Hong Kong Family Welfare Society