AN INFLUENTIAL schools committee has rejected widespread calls to make civic education an independent subject in the classroom. Legislators will be told on Tuesday that the Curriculum Development Council has concluded the topic is too broad to be covered under a single heading. The council believes it is better to teach civic education, which covers everything from citizens' rights and responsibilities to human rights and the structure of the Hong Kong Government, as part of other subjects. But the Education Department, in a paper issued ahead of Tuesday's meeting of the Legislative Council's Education Panel, says the Government remains undecided about the council's recommendations. Legislators have long urged a separate civic education syllabus, and the Government is currently reviewing its existing guidelines on the subject, which date back to 1985 and which are widely regarded as being out of date.