It's not every day that you can attend closed-door meetings with the education chief and other high-ranking government officials. But Chan Shuk-lin, 18, and Sze Shuk-chu, 19, have done just that. The two students are featured in Creative Learning, a six-part TV series jointly produced by the Education and Manpower Bureau (EMB) and TVB. They followed education minister Arthur Li Kwok-cheung for two months and witnessed first-hand how the education chief went about his duties. The series covers different subjects under the new academic system. It aims to bring students out of the classroom and show teachers and parents how the new teaching methods adopted in the education reform have revolutionised the way students learn. The EMB created the episode An encounter with high-ranking officials, in which Shuk-lin and Shuk-chu come face to face with political heavyweights in response to how critical thinking and problem-solving skills are prioritised in the education reform. From October to December last year, the students attended meetings, radio phone-in programmes and other public occasions with Mr Li. Shadowing the education chief was an eye-opening experience for the two students. 'Mr Li is often criticised in newspapers. He also looks stern on TV. But to my surprise, he turned out to be very sincere and humorous,' said Shuk-chu. Shuk-lin was equally impressed by the softer side of Mr Li. 'Once, we stayed at a formal occasion until 9pm. He insisted on driving us home and joked that we would only sing karaoke if we left by ourselves,' said the Form Seven student. Mr Li's quick-witted repartee with reporters also left a deep impression on them. 'Even in the face of stinging remarks, Mr Li always wore a smile on his face. Once, in a phone-in programme, callers threw all sorts of accusations at him, but he could always deflect their criticisms,' said Shuk-lin. 'Seeing him juggle numerous tasks, I learned how to solve problems under the most stressful circumstances,' said Shuk-chu. While Shuk-lin and Shuk-chu got to see the hidden side of the education chief, students from Lok Sin Tong Yu Kan Hing Secondary School had a thought-provoking encounter with celebrity political commentator Tao Jie. In the episode showcasing new Chinese teaching methods, students play characters in the famous martial arts novel, The Legend of Condor Heroes, by Chinese novelist Jinyong, or Zha Liangyong. While the students learned Chinese by reciting the literary dialogue in the novel, they were also given tips on studying Chinese classics. 'I had a list of questions about Jinyong's classics to ask Tao. I asked him to name a pair of lovers in Jinyong's novels that he found the most unforgettable. 'Instead, he asked me to choose a pair that I liked most. Then he came up with a list of questions about the couple to help me understand the literary metaphors and symbolism in Jinyong's work. I was really impressed by his literary prowess,' said Form One student Cheng Sze-chun. But getting up close and personal with a celebrity was also a nerve-racking encounter. 'Before I met him, I was so nervous that my palms were sweating and the question paper I was holding got wet,' said Sze-chun. With each episode featuring a respected public figure, the producer hopes to use star power to arouse students' interest in learning. 'We want to let students know that learning is a lively thing,' said Karen Cheung, executive producer of TVB. 'Instead of cramming facts into their heads, they should relate knowledge to their daily life and take charge of their learning process.' Creative Learning is screened on TVB Jade at 11.05pm every Tuesday until February 6.