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CE mourns Tong Wai-ki

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today expressed deep sorrow over the passing of Hong Kong Taoist Association Chairman Tong Wai-ki.   She said Mr Tong was held in high regard, adding that he had been committed to promoting the Taoist religion and Chinese culture and actively participated in social services and charitable activities, making significant contributions over the years.   He was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star in 2013.   "I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mr Tong. On behalf of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to his family and the Taoist community," Mrs Lam noted.   Acting Secretary for Home Affairs Patrick Nip also expressed deep condolences over the passing of Mr Tong.   He commended Mr Tong for dedicating his life in promoting the Taoist religion and uniting the Taoist community while actively participating in charitable services and talent nurturing. http://dlvr.it/SHNxwp

Secondary school views sought

The Education Bureau today sent a one-month school questionnaire survey to all secondary schools to gauge their views on the proposals to optimise the curricula and assessments of the four senior secondary (SS) core subjects.   In tandem with the recommendations on creating space for students and catering for learner diversity set out in the review report, the committees on the four SS core subjects under the Curriculum Development Council (CDC) and the Examinations & Assessment Authority (EAA) have formulated proposals to optimise the curricula and assessments of the subjects.   For Chinese Language, the proposal is more about streamlining the teaching of the compulsory part and elective parts and reducing the number of papers in the public assessment to avoid excessive drilling.   For English Language, space would be created via integrating the teaching of the elective part into the compulsory part to reduce overlapping in teaching.   For Mathematics, the curriculum comprises the Foundation Topics and Non-foundation Topics. Students could opt for studying the Foundation Topics together with only part of the Non-foundation Topics.   They would be able to score as high as Level 4 in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination should they perform well in the Foundation Topics.   As regards Liberal Studies, while the subject will be given a new name, various enhancement measures will be in place and the weight of its curriculum content will be reduced by half.   The school sector's views will be put to the committees on the four SS core subjects under the CDC and the EAA for consideration.   If eventually accepted, the proposals can be implemented at Secondary 4 in the 2021-22 school year at the earliest to benefit students as soon as possible.   Click here for details of the school questionnaire survey.
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