Liberal studies does not need reworking, change the Chinese syllabus instead
There have been reports that the Education Bureau is planning to make changes to the liberal studies subject. One proposal is to make the subject an elective, meaning not everyone would study it. This deprives some students of the opportunity to cultivate critical thinking.
The other proposed change is to the grading method; students could be given only a “pass or fail” grade. This may entail a change in the university admission requirements and may even lower teaching standards in the subject as teachers may simply aim for their students to pass.
Although the Education Bureau wants to reduce student stress, liberal studies is not the major problem, but Chinese. Modifying the Chinese syllabus can achieve the bureau’s goal more effectively.
Anson Chan, Tseung Kwan O