Scheme gives textbooks longer life

Pupils save resources by passing old books down to younger ones and taking notes in class

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 07 May, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 07 May, 2013, 5:05am

Pupils from three of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals schools have signed up for a textbook recycling scheme they say will not only conserve the environment and save money, but also help with their learning.

The scheme, which starts in the coming term, will see current Form One and Form Two pupils contribute their textbooks to the younger pupils when this term ends. Those moving to Form Three will then get a new set of books while the new Form One and Form Two pupils will inherit their seniors' used textbooks.

The charity group's education services secretary, Kenneth Wu Kee-huen, said the group had already bought the textbooks for next term's Form Three pupils.

Parents and students said the scheme would encourage pupils to make their class notes in separate notebooks instead of in their textbooks. This was an effective way of absorbing new knowledge learned in class, they said.

"Students cannot write in the textbooks and have to take down notes instead, so it's like they are doing revision," said Mrs Mau, mother of a Form One student at C.Y. Ma Memorial College.

"I joined the scheme because I am very concerned about the environment," said Andy Cheung Lit-fung, a Form Two student at Chen Zao Men College. "At first I thought it would be quite inconvenient to cross reference the notes to the original text, but I found this actually helped me remember the content."

About half of the junior secondary students in the three Tung Wah schools - Lee Ching Dea Memorial College, Chen Zao Men College and C.Y. Ma Memorial College - joined the three-year scheme on a voluntary basis.

The scheme covers textbooks used in humanities subjects, like history and liberal studies. But the schools' principals said most textbooks would join the scheme after publishers promised them new editions would not be issued for three years.