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Friday, December 04, 2020, 14:21
Education Bureau enhances values education at schools
By Wang Zhan
Friday, December 04, 2020, 14:21 By Wang Zhan

Students return to schools in the morning of Sept 23 2020, at Tseung Kwun O, Hong Kong (CALVIN NG / CHINA DAILY)

HONG KONG - The Hong Kong government has added “law-abidingness” and “empathy” as the priority values and attitudes to be cultivated among students.

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The Education Bureau on Thursday issued a circular memorandum to all primary and secondary schools informing them of the measure which aims to strengthen the implementation of values education in schools.

The Education Bureau said the cultivation of positive values and attitudes among students has been a key learning goal of primary and secondary education

The bureau said the cultivation of positive values and attitudes among students has been a key learning goal of primary and secondary education.

Schools are nurturing in their students the priority values and attitudes covering perseverance, respect for others, responsibility, national identity, commitment, integrity, and care for others.

In October this year, the Curriculum Development Council recommended setting “law-abidingness” and “empathy” as priority values and attitudes, in view of students’ learning and development needs.

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Welcoming the council’s recommendation, the bureau said nurturing students’ positive values and attitudes such as law-abiding awareness, mutual respect and the sense of inclusion and friendship, can further equip them to face challenges in life and study.

To this end, schools may implement holistic curriculum planning and design appropriate school-based values education and learning activities according to their mission, own context and student needs.

The bureau will continue to provide learning and teaching resources and teacher training programs to support schools to implement values education.

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