School promises creativity

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 July, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 04 July, 2002, 12:00am

Hong Kong is to have a new school that promises to alter the traditional boundaries of secondary education.

The Hong Kong School of Arts, Media and Design (HKSAMD) - which was recently given the go-ahead by the Education Department - concentrates on students' technical abilities rather than exam results.

'We don't focus on school marks, we grade students by interviews and their portfolios,' said Ada Wong Ying-kay, chairperson of the

Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture, and a member of the HKSAMD school management committee.

The senior secondary school will cater for students from Form Four to Form Seven who wish to work beyond conventional curriculums.

Creativity would be a key theme. Ms Wong believed that most schools required students to conform to a system, and so suppressed creativity. The HKSAMD will be tailored for students interested in 'creative industries,' she said.

Creative industries include architecture, fashion, broadcasting, digital entertainment, performing arts, and tourism.

Ms Wong stressed the need to offer students a variety of choices in their training. 'We hope to unleash their creative potential, with an emphasis on individuality.'

She said students needed to find out which teaching methods suited them best. To help them do this, for example, internship programmes will be offered to those who want first-hand experience.

The HKSAMD is scheduled to take enrolments in 2004.