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Curriculum change supported

Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung today welcomed the Baptist University’s move to incorporate national security education in their curriculum, saying it is educators’ duty to promote national security education.   Making the remarks today, Mr Yeung said: “I think this is in accordance to the National Security Law because Article 10 requires all the schools including universities to promote national security education in their schools.”   He added that he believes the higher education institutions are adopting their own approaches in this cause.   “Our requirement is for all these educational institutions to follow the Hong Kong National Security Law, the requirements under the Article 10.”   When asked about a teacher’s comment concerning an athlete’s attire during an Olympic competition, Mr Yeung stressed that the whole community should support the Hong Kong team in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.   “So far I think the relevant persons have already made a clarification about

More Basic Law training for teachers

Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung today said the Government has stepped up Basic Law training for school principals and teachers from the 2020-21 school year and received a positive response to the relevant programmes.   Responding to lawmakers' questions at the Legislative Council today, Mr Yeung noted that training principals and teachers is a priority task for the Education Bureau and it has been providing training programmes on the Basic Law for them.   Relevant work stepped up from the 2020-21 school year included strengthening the contents on the Constitution, the Basic Law and the National Security Law in the core training programmes for newly-joined and in-service teachers and those aspiring for promotion as well as the training programmes for school principals, in which experienced legal experts and academics are invited as speakers.   Additionally, the bureau organised different programmes in collaboration with some organisations in the 2020-21 school year, including the Respecting the Law, Reinforcing the Rule of Law training programme co-organised with the Endeavour Education Centre to systematically help teachers understand Hong Kong's constitutional status and the rule of law.   Mr Yeung pointed out that the training can help principals and teachers become a role model for students, enlighten students in lessons and daily life, guide them to respect and obey the law and eventually to reinforce the rule of law.   He added that an enthusiastic response was received from principals and teachers who said the programmes can help deepen their understanding of the Constitution and the Basic Law while clarifying any misunderstandings.   More training programmes will be organised in future, Mr Yeung added.   Furthermore, the bureau has all along been working on the organisation of professional study tours to the Mainland for school principals and teachers to help them better understand the nation's latest developments through personal observations and experiences.   Participants can then reflect on the relationship between Hong Kong and the country and that of the country and the world, and widen their horizons, the education chief said.   Apart from arranging newly-appointed school principals to participate in professional exchange tours to the Mainland, Mr Yeung noted that Mainland study tours, generally with a stay for about four days, have been included as part of the core training for newly-joined teachers and those aspiring for promotion from the 2020-21 school year to enhance their understanding of the national and educational development.   The bureau hopes that teachers can inspire their students and help them think about the opportunities brought to Hong Kong by the nation's development and how the city can contribute to it, he said.   The study tours had been postponed to the 2021-22 school year due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
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