Teaching revolution sweeps through schools

PUBLISHED : Monday, 22 October, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 22 October, 2001, 12:00am

Schools across the SAR are embracing liberal and revolutionary practices in their teaching and learning methods. These measures have promoted the belief that it is not so much what you learn but how you learn that is important.

Law Ting Pong Secondary School in Tai Po took the lead in this 'revolution' five years ago. Dorothy Chan Cheng Mei-chu, the principal who brought about this drastic change in the school, thinks self-discipline is more effective. She said: 'Instead of using rigid rules to set a standard for both teachers and students to follow, all of them have their own set of rules in their mind for them to follow.'

Discipline among students has not only stopped worsening, it has gradually improved.

Lions College, in Kwai Chung, has also introduced several new practices from this academic year.

Apart from Chinese language, English language and mathematics, Form Four students can choose any subjects they want to study.

Ng Wai-yin, vice-principal of Lions College, said: 'Since students are free to choose their favourite subjects, they are more focused on learning these subjects.'

The school has also implemented a new timetable - four 75-minute lessons a day - this year to allow more time for teaching.

Another 18 schools, including Belilios Public School, Clementi Secondary School and Diocesan Girls' School, have been invited by the Education Department to become 'resources schools' in the Schools' Professional Collaboration Project.

These 20 schools will share their invaluable experience with other schools during this academic year.