Date
14 December 2017
Hong Kong students should be allowed to express their views whether they agree with the government or not, according to educators. Photo: HKEA
Hong Kong students should be allowed to express their views whether they agree with the government or not, according to educators. Photo: HKEA

Educators move to put out fires over liberal studies exam

Hong Kong educators have moved to ease concern a recent liberal studies examination was too politically sensitive to the detriment of students.

The Hong Kong Examination Authority, which administers the test for the Hong Kong diploma of secondary education, said the concern is unfounded, Apple Daily reported Thursday.

The authority issued a statement on Wednesday after some students said they were worried about giving “politically incorrect” answers. 

In this year’s examination, several students received full marks for an answer that said Hong Kong’s problems are caused by the government’s lack of integrity.

Jacob Hui, president of the Liberal Studies Teachers Panel, said the test results showed students could still get good grades regardless of their political views.

He said some answers were explicit in calling for the resignation of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying for “betraying” Hong Kong.

Professor Ma Ngok of the Chinese University of Hong Kong said it is only the adults who are being politically sensitive.

Students should be allowed to express their views whether they agree with the government or not, he said.

Kaizer Lau, chairman of the Hong Kong Coalition of Professional Services, said the government should develop more teaching material for the liberal studies curriculum.

Lau said young people should sharpen their knowledge of the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s mini constitution, and the “one country, two systems” concept.

The existing program emphasizes too much “two systems” rather than “one country”, he said.

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