Committee on the Initiation of the Moral & National Education Subject Chairperson Anna Wu tells the media there is no need for an official set of guidelines for the subject.
Education guidelines unneeded, advisors say
September 27, 2012
There is no need for an official set of guidelines for the moral and national education subject, the advisory committee on the curriculum says.
Briefing the media today after the body's second meeting, Committee on the Initiation of the Moral & National Education Subject Chairperson Anna Wu said as schools have already been given the autonomy to decide whether to teach the subject, the committee feels the official guidelines are invalid.
“Because of the change in government policy in not requiring the subject to be taught, the autonomy and decision making part has been fully delegated to the schools. We feel there is no need to have an official set of guidelines. Since we do not need an official set of guidelines, it is also our recommendation the Government need not proceed with the review of the subject.”
Ms Wu said the guidelines are very complicated and the committee has not finished discussion on them, adding further meetings are required.
She said she hopes the Government will accept the recommendations.
Under the new policy, school-sponsoring bodies and schools can exercise their discretion to decide whether to implement the subject, whether the subject should be introduced as an independent subject and, if so, determine the modes and schedule for its implementation.
Schools can continue to use a $530,000 Moral & National Education Support Grant flexibly, to prepare, learn, and teach school-based related education.