CE outlines vision for education

November 25, 2020

(To watch the 2020 Policy Address speech with sign language interpretation, click here.)


Chief Executive Carrie Lam today outlined her vision for education, stressing that moral development is the foundation of education.


Delivering her 2020 Policy Address, Mrs Lam said her goal is to nurture young people into quality citizens with a sense of social responsibility and national identity, an affection for Hong Kong as well as an international perspective.


She highlighted the importance of enhancing moral, civic and national education, as well as strengthening education on the Constitution, the Basic Law and national security.


Mrs Lam explained that the Education Bureau will provide opportunities for students to join study tours and activities, to encourage students to learn more about the essence of Chinese culture, and to cultivate students’ comprehensive understanding of the nation’s development.


The Chief Executive pointed out that there has been ongoing controversy over the subject of Liberal Studies under the senior secondary curriculum in the society. As a result, she suggested to reform the liberal studies subject in the senior secondary curriculum.


The Government will also enhance the training of teachers and the Education Bureau will take stringent actions against teachers who are incompetent or found misconducted.


Mrs Lam noted that face-to-face classes in schools were temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 epidemic. To further support schools and teachers in implementing the blended mode of teaching and learning, the Education Bureau will set aside $2 billion in the Quality Education Fund to launch a three-year programme to support e-learning and to ensure that students from disadvantaged families will enjoy equal learning opportunities.


As the authority responsible for the registration of teachers, she added that the Government will enhance the quality of teachers through measures in respect of entry to the profession, training and management.


To support students with special educational needs, the On-site Pre-school Rehabilitation Services places have been expanded substantially from 3,000 to 8,000, and will be further increased to 10,000 in the 2022-23 school year with the aim of achieving zero-waiting time.


The Government will also support the provision of new teaching facilities and a student hostel for the Academy for Performing Arts in the Eastern District to foster the healthy development of tertiary education.

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