Students, teachers both stressed

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 22 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 22 June, 2011, 12:00am


Two years after the introduction of the liberal studies curriculum, teachers and students are still feeling stressed.

More than 200,000 students have to study what was once an elective subject.

Chan Chun-suan, a Form Five student at Wah Yan College, said he finds the subject ambiguous. He added that it entailed lots of homework.

Chan said that having to study the subject in English added to the pressure. He said his and some of his classmates' English was not proficient enough for that.

'Teachers are also stressed because they do not know how to teach students to achieve better results,' the student said.

Genghis Galileo Acconci, a Form Three student from the same school, said the subject covered plenty of ground. As a result, students had to be well-prepared and have a clear mind to express their ideas well.

The Professional Teachers' Union polled 769 liberal studies teachers over the past two months and found that their average stress level was at 7.9 on a scale of 1 to 10.

Of those polled, 269 teachers said their stress level was at a maximum, hovering around 9 or 10 on the scale.

The union's president Fung Wai-wah said the new curriculum added to the workload of teachers. He noted that teachers faced many uncertainties, such as how to assess students' work fairly.

Additional reporting by YP cadet Grace Yip