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HK marathon gets 'M' Mark

The Major Sports Events Committee today announced that it has awarded the "M" Mark status to the 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon to be held on February 12.   The committee's Chairman Wilfred Ng said the event will add colour and vibrancy to Hong Kong, like all other "M" Mark events.   “The 'M' Mark events showcase Hong Kong's capability to host world-class events and enhance Hong Kong's position as a centre for major international sports activities.   “These events also allow the general public to enjoy and participate in high-level competitions and nurture a sustainable sporting culture in the community,” he added.   Launched in 2004, the "M" Mark system aims to help local national sports associations organise more major international sports events and nurture them into sustainable undertakings. http://dlvr.it/Sj0HBF

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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