Basic Law kit difficult to use
SOME schools have left their Basic Law teaching kits idle because they found the package too complicated to teach and too serious to be incorporated into extra-curricular activities.
The teaching kit, issued by the Education Department last September, is designed to promote civic education in schools and supplement the teaching of subjects like Social Studies and Government and Public Affairs.
A vivid activity approach, using slides, transparency copies as well as a board and a card game, was taken to ensure that the Basic Law and the Sino-British Joint Declaration were interesting to study.
But Mr Lo Ka-yiu, a teacher at Toi Shan Association College, said the package was not useful. Only Form 2 students taking Social Studies and Form 6 students taking Liberal Studies could use the package when the curriculum touched on the topic of Basic Law.
''We haven't used the package yet. Even if it is incorporated into the curriculum, we will only teach simple topics such as the background of the Basic Law. The principles of the Basic Law are too complicated for a secondary school student,'' Mr Lo said.
He added that students had little motivation to learn the Basic Law, which only constitutes a small part of public examinations.
Teaching kits on soft drugs and moral education were more popular, Mr Lo said, as they involved personal development and were more interesting. ''The Basic Law is a serious and alien topic for students.'' Although the Basic Law package includes a board and a card game, Mr Lo said it was frustrating for students because they had to know the Basic Law well before they could answer the questions and play the game.
The principal of Sha Tin Tsung Tsin Secondary School, Ms Yip Sau-wah, said the school had not used the package because not many topics in the curriculum touched on the Basic Law.
Meanwhile, Mr Peter Tam Koon-che, Education Department senior inspector, said the department could only encourage, but not force, schools to use the teaching package.
Mr Tam said a 15-minute video on the Sino-British Joint Declaration was distributed to schools last month to attract more students to learn the topic.
A ''Action Plan for the Promotion of Civic Education in Schools'' has also been produced. Nearly all information on civic education produced by government and non-government bodies in recent years is collected and presented in a practical and systematicway.
Methods of implementation, activity suggestions and teaching resources are included. ''We hope these materials would help teachers incorporate civic education into the curriculum,'' Mr Tam said.
The Advisory Inspectorate is preparing another similar action plan for primary school students.