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Fine-tuning of medium of instruction policy in progress

     In response to media enquiries on the future development of fine-tuning the medium of instruction (MOI) policy, a spokesman for the Education Bureau (EDB) today (December 24) stressed that the bureau was actively working on fine-tuning the MOI policy for junior secondary level.  The proposal will be presented to the Legislative Council's Education Panel meeting in mid-January for discussion before details are finalised for implementation in the 2010-11 school year.

     In the past few months, the EDB has been discussing with stakeholders arrangements and details of fine-tuning the MOI policy.  There is a general consensus among the majority of the stakeholders over the need to change the rigid arrangement under the existing MOI policy, so that students will be given more exposure to Chinese and English to achieve the goal of proficiency in both languages.  It is therefore arbitrary to say at this stage that the fine-tuning proposal will not be implemented.

     "We have been consulting stakeholders on the fine-tuning proposal since late last year, bearing in mind the objective to cater for students' learning benefits," the spokesman said.

     "We hope to allow schools more flexibility and room for development to make professional decisions on school-based MOI arrangements to ensure smooth transition for students to senior and post-secondary education, which is normally conducted in English.  The bureau will continue the discussions with stakeholders on the implementation details".

Ends/Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Issued at HKT 17:07


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