The Education Bureau has commissioned a tertiary institute to run the Chinese Language Learning Support Centres in a number of venues for NCS students since 2007, which will support NCS students who are less proficient in Chinese (in particular the late starters) by offering remedial programmes for these students after school hours or during holidays. The purpose of providing the services is to facilitate the early integration of NCS students into the local education system, by assisting them in overcoming the difficulties they may encounter in the learning of Chinese Language.
The target students of the SSP may be diverse in countries of origins, educational backgrounds and levels of proficiency in Chinese Language, particular those having a late start in the learning of Chinese Language for various reasons, or having not had full opportunities to learn the local Chinese Language curriculum. Principals of primary and secondary schools may recommend their NCS students to enroll in the SSP. It is expected that through intensive remedial support, these NCS students will raise their level of proficiency in Chinese Language and be better equipped for taking the relevant exit examinations upon their graduation from schools.
Details of operation
There are around 20 centres being operated in various districts each school year. In general, each centre operates one to two SSP classes with a class size of around 15 students. The classes are normally conducted after school on weekdays or on Saturday mornings as well as during the summer vacation.