Guidelines to revise computer curriculum
Secondary computer education should include network communication and multimedia technology along with discussions of the social implications of computer applications, according to a draft of the revised syllabuses.
The syllabuses were prepared by the Curriculum Development Council (CDC) after an overall review of the computer curriculum in secondary schools carried out by the Computer Studies Subject Committees of the CDC and the Hong Kong Examinations Authority in October 1995.
The revised syllabuses for Computer Education were sent to all secondary schools in May for a consultation period that will last until the end of June.
Other recommendations for improvement include encouraging students to use information technology and common application software for solving practical problems. Also, programming contents should reflect new developments in computer applications.
School heads and teachers will discuss the content of the syllabuses for S1 to S3 Computer Literacy, S4 to S5 Computer Studies, Advanced Supplementary-Level Computer Applications and Advanced-Level Computer Studies on June 5. The syllabuses will be finalised later this year The syllabuses for Advanced-Level Computer Studies and Advanced Supplementary-Level Computer Applications are expected to be implemented in 1998. Those for S4 to S5 Computer Studies and S1 to S3 Computer Literacy will be implemented in 1999.