Call for more details on revamp
The Education and Manpower Bureau is under pressure to release detailed information on the academic structure and curriculum reform for future consultations.
Legislator Audrey Eu Yuet-mee pressed education chief Arthur Li Kwok-cheung for more details at this week's Legislative Council education panel meeting. 'We are talking about a huge change. The consultation should go through various stages with a compendium issued after each stage listing details and the views collected,' she said.
'There should be information say on the advantages and disadvantages of liberal studies, how will the subject be assessed, how will teachers be trained, and arrangements for the transition year when two cohorts of students are entering university together.'
Professor Li said there would be new rounds of consultation a few months after the current exercise ends on January 19.
'It can be put to consultation again whether liberal studies should be compulsory and an examination on it be required, or whether students will only be given a pass or fail grade in it,' he said. 'We are open to negotiation say whether to introduce the reform in 2008, and to have four-year university in 2011, but we have to establish our direction for change first.'
Most of the opinions collected so far were in favour of the '3+3+4'' structure, he said, with some against the proposed liberal studies subject.
Cheng Yin-cheong, director of the Hong Kong Institute of Education's Centre for Research and International Collaboration, has criticised the EMB for failing to provide research support for the proposed reform.
Ms Eu has also demanded that a separate document be provided in the next consultation on corresponding reform in special needs education.