Promotion of Basic Law is a regular task of the EDB and schools. The related learning elements of the Basic Law are inherent in the curricula of relevant subjects in schools, such as Chinese History, History, Life and Society and Geography at the JS level, and are not new items or a separate subject/curriculum.
More specifically, relevant modules of Life and Society at JS level have covered major topics/themes in the Basic Law, such as General Principles, Relationship between the Central Authorities and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and Rights and Duties, Political Structure, etc. These topics/themes are essential for Basic Law education and provide a more structured and basic learning opportunity for students. In addition, in the existing and revised Chinese History and History curricula at JS level, different topics, such as the development of Hong Kong, the Opium War, the stage of the Pacific War in the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression (the Fall of Hong Kong), etc., are related to the contents of the Basic Law, such as Preamble, General Principles, External Affairs, etc. These contents enable JS students to understand the origin of the Basic Law and the part and parcel relationship between Hong Kong’s developmental process and our country’s development. Due attention should be given to ensuring sufficient time be dedicated to Basic Law education in whole-school curriculum planning, and where appropriate, incorporated to strengthen values education in the school development plan to facilitate coherent and strategic planning, implementation and self-evaluation of its progress and effectiveness.
In view of the above, the SECG is not asking relevant subjects to provide additional lesson hours for Basic Law education. Instead, teachers may naturally connect the subject contents and the Basic Law at appropriate junctures when teaching relevant topics/themes. Nevertheless, teachers do not need to repeat the learning points or teach them separately. Neither do they need to teach the Articles of the Basic Law. All schools in Hong Kong should implement Basic Law education with reference to their school contexts and curriculum development needs.