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HKDSE - Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

Why Hong Kong needs to value liberal studies classes in school

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 May, 2018, 4:00pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 May, 2018, 4:00pm

As an ex-teacher and tutor, I feel disheartened at the prospect of the liberal studies subject being downgraded in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education exams (“Educators call for controversial Hong Kong school subject to be made elective”, May 6).

I was aware that students were mostly unconcerned with politics and current affairs before this subject was introduced into the syllabus nearly 10 years ago. They were just focused on academic subjects.

Now, youngsters are much better informed about the world around them. They are ready to respond to local political changes at any time. This can be seen as a welcome development of democracy in our city.

Hong Kong must remain a beacon of freedom of expression

The government’s intention to curb this trend is evident.The rein on young people’s thoughts and behaviours has to be tightened. If the situation is allowed to continue, it will eventually spiral out of control, even upsetting the “one country, two systems” status quo.

Six in 10 teachers want liberal studies to remain as is

It is my hope that the younger generation will continue to explore their surroundings in other ways. After all, we are now living in the 21st century, an age of advancement not just for technology, but also all other forms of human living.

Jacqueline Kwan, Mid-Levels