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					Academic Structure for SSE

      26 September 2003
 Chronological Development
29/4: Meeting of the HK Scholar Society
with secondary school heads on 4-year U
education and “5+1”
May: Release of “Review of the Academic
Structure for Senior Secondary Education”
by EC
14/6: Forum on EC Progress Report
 Chronological Development
28/6: Press report on U submissions on
Expanded EAS, and HKSSSC’s objection
2/7: EMB meeting with schools councils on
Expanded EAS and “5+1”
5/7: Open forum by the HK Scholars
Society on “5+1”
14/7: EMB meeting with secondary
schools and schools council on Expanded
EAS
 Chronological Development
17/7: HKSSSC Executive Committee and
Task Group on Curriculum and
Assessment meeting on Expanded EAS
and “5+1”
19/7: Outcomes of discussion of 17/7
disseminated to members and press
meeting – objections to both schemes;
paper submitted to EMB and EC
 Chronological Development
14 and 15/8: Tripartite meeting between
EMB, universities and schools councils on
“5+1” and Expanded EAS (including also
HK Scholar Society, Education
Convergence and HK Federation of
Education Workers on 14/8)
15/8: after the meeting, 6 schools councils
form a joint working group
 Chronological Development
5/9: EMB initiated a meeting with the 6
school councils
19/9: meeting of 12 schools councils and
form the Joint Working Group
      HKSSSC’s Position
Expanded EAS (as it is now practiced and
lower down the requirement to 4As) –
oppose this scheme for the reasons:

HK becomes a high stake selection exam
Adverse effect on student learning in S4-5
Adverse effect on student learning in S6-7
       HKSSSC’s Position
“5+1” – oppose this scheme for reasons:
If based on HKCEE, same disadvantages
as in Expanded EAS
Curriculum – duration of 8-10 months?
If a 2nd assessment in S.6 – i) 2 public
exam within 1 year; or ii) school-based –
need a consensus among all stakeholders
“5+1” to “3+3” – 2 big changes within a few
years!
       HKSSSC’s Position
If implementation of “3+3” is the policy, we
should concentrate all effort and energy to
work for a smooth and implementation
without having to go through any other
modes of transition which is short-lived
and brings detrimental impact on student
learning.
         HKSSSC’s Role
To participate by giving the best
professional and pragmatic advice
Bear in mind the interests of all students,
and those who have to exit to work after
secondary education
Bear in mind all issues pertaining to staff –
staff development and training,
redeployment and redundancy
              Timeline
No timeline can be set – the Council is in
no position to give the timeline
Until concrete plans are worked out,
questions being answered, pre-conditions
being met, the Council cannot and will not
put a date to the time of implementation
    Means of Participation
Chairman as member of the Education
Commission
Joint Working Group of the 12 Schools
Councils
EMB’s Steering Committee, with members
nominated from the Joint Working Group,
representing and reporting to the JWG
Academic Structure: critical issues
  Curriculum Design
  curriculum for all subjects to be
  changed to SS1 – 3 level
  contents of some subjects need to be
  updated
          Curriculum
Liberal Studies to be taken by all
students
More aggressive diversification of
curriculum to cater for diverse interests
and abilities of students – academic,
practical, vocational, integrated
 Public examinations and
       assessments
standards-referenced
school-based assessment across most
if not all subjects

 What are the University admission
criteria?
   Public examinations and
         assessments
Diversified mode of assessment and
academic certification:
students’ learning portfolios
internal assessment reports
qualifications recognized by professional
bodies
international recognized exams e.g.
TOEFL, IELTS, GCE
   Resources and Support
Funding – OEBG: School and class grant,
Administration Grant, Curriculum Grant
Staffing - staffing establishment
(calculation, redeployment) and
redundancy issue
Training and professional development
Teaching and assessment materials
Construction of new schools and
             class
 Restructuring (from 34% of S.6 to 95% of
 S.6)

 What’s the plan to change the class
 structure from the various existing
 structures?
          Critical Issues
Exit point at certain juncture of 6-year
secondary education
Linking to post-secondary institutes
and VTC and the qualifications
framework
 Consultation and Timeline
How and how frequent will we be
consulted?
At what critical stage and on what critical
issues must we be consulted?
How are teachers being involved?
When will the Curriculum and Assessment
Guide, the textbook and the assessment
exemplars be ready?
        Critical Questions
What do I need to plan and prepare my
school / staff for the change e.g. what
information, training, resource
allocation?

What is the lead time for the first SS1 to
be able to start in my school?
Concurrent reviews and works:
SSPA and MOI (due by end of 2003/4)

TPF and CPD of teachers

				
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