Date of sitting: 13 March 2002
Asked by: Dr Hon HO Chung-tai
Replied by: SEM
It has been reported that, as revealed in a research conducted by the Education Department ("ED") on Cross Level Subject Setting, the English proficiency level of two-thirds of the more than 100 Primary Six students from four participating schools was below that set in Primary Two English textbooks, and many of them are newly arrived children. The findings of the research also show that the contents of textbooks used by local primary schools are too difficult for pupils. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:
of the basis on which the ED sets the English curriculum standards at various primary school levels to ensure that students are able to take in the course content;
(i) Funding non-governmental organisations to run a 60-hour Induction Programme for NAC. The Programme covers personal development, social integration and basic learning skills, etc.;
(ii) Funding schools ($2,720 for each primary NAC pupil and $4,035 for each secondary NAC student) to provide school-based support services, such as running English tutorial classes and preparing special teaching materials, etc.; and
(iii) Organising a half-year integrated full-time Initiation Programme which includes English, traditional Chinese characters, computer application, learning skills and social integration. NAC may opt to complete this programme before being placed by the Education Department to suitable primary and secondary schools.