Former finance minister Antony Leung Kam-chung was out and about again on Monday, promoting ideas to improve the city, but remained coy as to whether he would emerge as a dark horse in next year’s chief executive race. A group led by Leung, also a former education commission chairman , unveiled a list of suggestions to improve the education sector, but he denied he was already floating his policy platform. “Why would a policy platform only have one direction?” he said. He was also evasive when asked directly whether he would join the race: “I have answered many times and you all did not believe what I said, so I’m not answering again.” Christian churches remain on Hong Kong election committee Leung was more forthcoming about his education project. Education 2.1, comprising 17 professionals, including professors, principals and finance experts, got together about a year ago to discuss ways to prepare students for the challenges and opportunities for the new era, he said. Suggestions included changing the exam-oriented culture in Hong Kong, such as reducing the HKDSE syllabus to only the essentials so that candidates could have more flexibility. Another recommendation was to attach greater importance to other learning experiences, recommendation letters, and interviews, rather than just looking at students’ examination scores for university admissions. The suggestions also touched on the topic of increasing government subsidies for post-secondary education. Hong Kong lawmaker facing election defeat sticks with pro-Beijing party ‘to avoid confusing supporters’ Dr Law Chi-kwong, an associate professor from the University of Hong Kong’s department of social work and social administration, said in a video there were around 10,000 students local students who could not get subsidised undergraduate places each year, even though they met basic admission requirements. The group suggested increasing degree and sub-degree places, and introducing vouchers, which such students could use when enrolling in non-subsidised schools. In coming up with the suggestions, the group consulted more than 400 stakeholders through in-depth interviews or focus-group discussions. Education lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen said some of the suggestions, such as the one on reducing the HKDSE syllabus to only essentials, was “attractive” but more details were needed to consider whether the proposal was “flexible, desirable and affordable”. He also pointed out that such a change to the examination could affect the credentials of the HKDSE, so the recommendation would have to be properly scrutinised.