Aiming for life skills
MANY students can go through years of schooling without knowing the aims of education. Such aims, however, were clearly spelt out for students of Shau Kei Wan Government Secondary Technical School at its 26th prize-giving day.
Mr Man Tsz-fong, Assistant Director of Education (Planning & Research) and guest of honour, addressed the subject by quoting the Education and Manpower Branch's recently revised booklet School Education in Hong Kong: A Statement of Aims .
''The basic aim in education is to develop each student's potential to the full so they may become adults with the ability to think independently and a concern for social affairs,'' said Mr Man.
''Students should also be educated to possess knowledge and skills, handle life with maturity, live a life of substance and actively contribute to Hong Kong.'' Such aims are the key to a successful school and reveal what students should gain having completed their education.
Although each school may devise a set of objectives that best suits itself, they should follow the direction of these basic objectives, Mr Man said.
The booklets emphasises concrete and effective ways for evaluating the education process and the results of school education.
''They include building literacy and numeracy, developing students' ability to think logically and independently in order to cope with stress and change.
''Importance is also placed on cultivating a desire for knowledge, both in and after finishing school and learning different practical skills and techniques. Besides these, fostering a sense of civic responsibility, a tolerant attitude, right moral principles, sports interest, creative ability and an aesthetic sense are also considered vital.'' Mr Man pointed out that examinations could no longer fully measure the effectiveness of education because ''one's grasp of things like right personal conduct, effective relationships and civil sense often took years to manifest.
''Our society is stressing more the quality of education. As a result, higher institutes and employers are placing equal value on both the academic results and potential of an individual in areas other than studies.'' ''If you can achieve the above objectives and have a balanced, all-round education, you should be able to cope well, whether in further studies or a career,'' Mr Man concluded.