Written by: Liang Huanmin Kuang Xiaobin
Last update date: 2020-11-26 20:47
The Secretary for Education, Yang Runxiong, announced today (26th) a streamlined curriculum plan for the Liberal Studies subject. Although compulsory examinations are maintained, the class hours will be cut in half, and only two levels of qualified and unqualified will be established, and independent subject inquiry (IES) will be cancelled.
In addition, a requirement to visit mainland China will also be added.
Ye Jianyuan, a member of the Education Legislative Council, criticized that the authorities had "murdered the general education" and used political considerations over the education profession to urge the withdrawal of the decision.
Cheng Jialang, a spokesperson for the student organization "Education Field", believes that as a student who has studied general education, he is sad about the current situation, and it is difficult for students who are worried about the future to learn to think independently.
Deng Fei, the vice chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers, thinks that the approach is appropriate, and refers to "fundamental reform", reorganizing the original form of the curriculum and returning to the "initial heart". "The Liberal Studies course itself wants to facilitate students to learn. But Yijia is under pressure to take the test, so he can go back to the original design in the future, don't ask students to read Jinjinghuoyan."
The government plans to change the Liberal Studies subject from seven ratings to "pass/fail", and reduce class hours and content.
Ye Jianyuan criticized that the decision of the Education Bureau was not a "small change" but a "major remodeling operation", which made the Liberal Studies department completely unrecognizable. He described the authorities as "murdered the Liberal Studies" and used political considerations to override the education profession. This was due to the social unrest in the past. Looking for "scapegoats," instead of facing up to administrative mistakes, liberal arts has become a casualty.
Ye: Destroy the professional pilot
Ye: Destroy the professional pilot
He bluntly denounced the government for not considering the recommendations of the curriculum review task force at all, not consulting stakeholders at all, not presenting evidence, and even not having a document to revise the plan.
He continued that the plan announced by the Education Bureau today is not a rational decision. "The Education Bureau is destroying professional pilots." He pointed out that while the authorities said they wanted to reduce the burden of courses, they also increased the requirements for inspections in the Mainland, which actually increased the burden of teachers. .
Ye Jianyuan criticized that this announcement by the Education Bureau was not a minor change, but a "major remodeling operation," which made the Liberal Studies department completely unrecognizable.
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Ye Jianyuan reiterated that he has no objection to students going to the Mainland to communicate and understand the current situation. However, Mainland students often go overseas to expand their horizons. Hong Kong students can only go to the Mainland to "expand their horizons" instead of overseas exchanges. The authorities' statement is hardly convincing. .
He urged the Education Bureau to withdraw its fate and not to act behind closed doors.
Cheng Jialang, a spokesperson for the student group "Education Field", said bluntly that the authorities had deleted the social and political participation and the separation of powers from the general education textbooks. In the future, the textbooks will be sent for review. Students may be required to recite the current situation in Mainland China. The soul of Liberal Studies is dead."
Ye Jianyuan said that the plan announced by the Education Bureau today is not a rational decision, nor is it a professional pilot. "The Education Bureau is destroying professional pilots." (Photo)
Cheng Kar-lang believes that under the above-mentioned background, whether compulsory examinations, passing or failing ratings are actually meaningless, as a general education student, he has obtained the opportunity to learn independent thinking from it, and he feels sorry for the current situation. And sad, it is difficult for students who are worried about the future to absorb relevant knowledge from it.
Liberal Studies changed from seven grades to "Passed/Failed", and reduced class hours and content.
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Deng Fei, vice chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers, believes that it is appropriate to review the general education and curriculum changes. The Federation of Education welcomes this.
He said that this time a "fundamental reform" of the curriculum was changed to reorganize the original form of the curriculum and return to the "initial aspiration." "The Liberal Studies department wants to allow students to learn in a relaxed way, but now there is pressure to take the exam, and you can return in the future. It was originally designed to not require students to read Jinjinghuoyan." He also believes that the current reforms have not made the general education "disappear". Students still have to take compulsory exams, so that students can easily "account" in order to adapt to overseas universities. , Is an approach that takes the overall situation into consideration.
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Regarding the part of the curriculum that has not been announced by the Education Bureau, Deng Fei predicts that the content of the "Personal Growth and Interpersonal Relations" module is not suitable as the content of the examination and has the opportunity to be cancelled.
In addition, with regard to the Hong Kong unit, the current proportions and the proportion of national awareness are not balanced. There is a chance to adjust, "How many incidents are there in Hong Kong? It is impossible to have the same proportions as the country and China, and there are many unsatisfactory areas for political issues. , The answer is controversial and may be reduced.
In addition, he believes that in the past, middle school students would follow the school to communicate with the mainland and learn about Chinese culture, but now they are only "disciplinizing" the exchanges. It is not a major reform. It is not for teachers and students to deal with difficulties or increase classroom pressure.
Deng Fei also believes that due to the changes in the curriculum, it will affect the learning of the curriculum "Life and Social Studies". I believe the Education Bureau will arrange to update its curriculum content.
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