Date
11 December 2017
The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups unveils the findings of a survey on how schools can do better in handling the emotional issues of pupils. Photo: HKFYG
The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups unveils the findings of a survey on how schools can do better in handling the emotional issues of pupils. Photo: HKFYG

Most teachers say emotional education needed in schools: survey

Most school teachers in Hong Kong feel educational institutions in the city should grapple with the issue of emotional education for students, a survey by a youth welfare group has shown.

According to the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG), 60.6 percent of school teachers surveyed said their schools do not offer sufficient emotional education for the pupils.

Around 97 percent said they are looking for support to help them handle students’ emotional matters. 

For the survey, Youth Wellness Centre of HKFYG interviewed secondary and primary school teachers in June and July through an online questionnaire.

The teachers were asked about their opinions on the issue of emotional education, and a total of 402 valid responses were received, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Over 70 percent of the respondents said emotional education should be introduced prior to or during senior primary school.

Unveiling the survey findings on Monday, Hsu Siu-man, a supervisor with Youth Wellness Centre of HKFYG, noted that teachers have been encountering problems in dealing with emotional issues of students, adding to their work pressures.

School managements as well as teachers need to have relevant knowledge, skills and preparation to cope with students’ emotional problems that have been getting more complicated, she said.

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