[Concurrent] Deng Fei, Principal of Xiangdao Middle School, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers

  At the beginning of the year, it was said that the name of the (general education course) would definitely be changed, and the syllabus would also be changed, so I was not completely surprised, but it was also long-awaited. After all, the old general education courses are already full of problems.

So with this new subject, new syllabus, and new evaluation system, everything can start again.

  [Explanation] The Education Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government announced in early June the "Guidelines for the Curriculum and Assessment of the Civil and Social Development Subject". The Civil and Social Development Subject (Civilization Subject) will be formally implemented at the S4 level in September this year. It has been criticized by all sectors of society. The Hong Kong Liberal Studies (Liberal Studies) subject will be replaced by the Citizenship Subject.

Deng Fei, the principal of Xiangdao Middle School in Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong and the vice chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers (Federation of Education), said in an exclusive interview with a reporter from China News Agency that the biggest difference between Citizenship and General Studies in the past is the one-sided and fragmentary content in the past. , Has become a more comprehensive way for students to understand the development of the country.

  [Concurrent] Deng Fei, Principal of Xiangdao Middle School, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers

  The Chinese unit of the old general education course only had one sentence, and you can derive countless content from one sentence.

This is not the case with the Division of Civil and Social Development. Let’s take an example of the second theme of civil and social development, which is about contemporary national development, especially after reform and opening up. Then the reform and opening up (course) requires you to understand from several aspects, such as poverty alleviation, Economic development and diplomacy, etc., it stipulates that you are in several aspects, so compared with the Chinese unit of the old general education course, it is obviously much more detailed.

  [Explanation] Speaking of national identity, Deng Fei said that the first thing is to let students have a more objective and comprehensive understanding of the development of the mainland. Of course, this can be promoted by subjects containing Chinese elements such as Chinese language courses and Chinese history courses, but after all It is not as good as traveling thousands of miles to read thousands of books. It is proper for the students of the civics department to go to the mainland for exchanges.

  [Concurrent] Deng Fei, Principal of Xiangdao Middle School, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers

  I think going back to the mainland for exchanges and inspections, and even for exchanges and inspections in the "Belt and Road" countries, is what it deserves and should be done.

Even if there is no requirement from the Division of Civil and Social Development to return to the Mainland for exchanges and inspections, in practice, most of the primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong have experience of returning to the Mainland for exchanges and inspections. No school does not go back (the Mainland) for exchanges and inspections at all. In other words, it has actually been more than ten or twenty years (history). Even before 1997, many schools had done this. Now what we are going to do is not a problem from 0 to 1, or a problem from scratch. , What we have to do now is to be more optimized.

  [Explanation] Deng Fei said that he has great expectations on how to allow students to return to the mainland for exchanges and inspections, and even to study in the mainland.

He believes that in the future to enhance Hong Kong society or the new generation of young people's awareness of the country and national identity, we cannot rely on one or two disciplines and education alone. We must consider how to tell Chinese stories and mainland stories in the current environment.

  Reporter Liang Yuan from Hong Kong

Editor in charge: 【Luo Pan】

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