National education should be introduced as mandatory subject

The introduction of moral and national education in the primary and secondary school curriculum has proved to be controversial.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 1:51am

Bureau hunts for tech-minded staff

The opportunities brought about by information technology (IT) are being embraced by the Education Bureau, which is widening learning resources and adding depth to the curriculum taught at government schools.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:23pm

National classes 'build values'

Education minister Eddie Ng Hak-kim has defended the controversial national-education subject for schools, saying it is useful for 'values building' despite its overlap with other subjects and the growing pressure to delay its introduction.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:23pm

National education shunned by publishers

Big textbook publishers are shunning the new national education curriculum, while a small player who dived into the market has found few buyers amid controversy over the subject.

24 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Schools say no to class control

Fraught with controversy from the day it was proposed, national education is still facing many hurdles in Hong Kong. With one-third of primary schools refusing to implement it in September, it is not uncommon to hear calls for a boycott.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

More schools delay national studies

More school-sponsoring bodies have decided not to implement the controversial national education curriculum this September, but they say they are taking advantage of the government's own timetable, not dragging their feet.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Valuable lessons in world awareness

My son is in Primary Five and doesn't seem to take any interest in world affairs. I try to encourage him to read the newspaper and watch the news on television with me, but he'd rather play video games or watch television. Any ideas?

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Liberal studies grants to dry up

Schools will not receive fresh funds to develop liberal studies material, because most schools have spent less than half of an initial HK$320,000 grant over two years, the education chief says.

Any remaining money from the grant can be used for a third year, to August next year, Secretary for Education Michael Suen Ming-yeung (pictured) said yesterday.

3 May 2012 - 12:00am

Curriculum changes

All public primary schools will start teaching a controversial course in moral and national education in 2015. Public secondary schools will follow in 2016.

The Education Bureau said the curriculum has been modified greatly in response to concerns about potential indoctrination.

2 May 2012 - 12:00am

National education course revised

All public primary schools will start teaching a controversial course in moral and national education in 2015 that officials say has been modified greatly in response to concerns about its potential for indoctrination.

Public secondary schools will follow in 2016.

1 May 2012 - 12:00am

National education subject to be delayed

A committee tasked with mapping out the controversial introduction of compulsory national education in all Hong Kong government schools has suggested it be delayed until as late as 2015.

The Education Bureau last year proposed introducing the curriculum into primary schools as early as September this year, and into secondary schools in the 2013-14 academic year.

26 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Three core skill sets a university should teach

The social role of the university is often the subject of fervent debate. Some argue that universities can no longer be ivory towers, where unworldly academics focus on arcane projects.

18 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Schools pan 'national education'

An elite-schools association is among more than a dozen groups opposing the introduction of moral and national education as a compulsory school subject.

The Grant Schools Council, representing 22 top schools, urged the government to drop the plan because the proposed curriculum was too heavily focused on the nation instead of on personal and family development.

28 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Love lessons

Recently, my three-year-old son came home with his first report card from his local school. Was he as advanced in English as we hoped? Did he have the potential to be a music wunderkind? It turns out, of all his subjects, the two areas he did the best in were understanding his sex and national identity. My son apparently knows only two things - that he is a boy and that he is Chinese.

18 May 2011 - 12:00am

An English fast lane for Form Five students

About 100 Form Five students from 21 secondary schools will take intensive English courses offered by Polytechnic University to get a taste of university-level study. They will be among the first to enter university under the new 3+3+4 curriculum.

20 Apr 2011 - 12:00am