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SED visits Islands District (with photos)

     The Secretary for Education, Mr Eddie Ng Hak-kim, visited Cheung Chau this afternoon (October 29) to see the education and youth services provided for the island and listen to the views of local residents.

     Accompanied by District Officer (Islands), Mr Danny Lau, Mr Ng made his first stop at Cheung Chau Government Secondary School, where he was briefed by the principal, Mrs Luk Sze Yin-yin, on the latest developments of the school.

     The current academic year marks the school's 105th anniversary. Over the years, the school has moved with the times and continued to upgrade its infrastructure and teaching facilities. Mr Ng took the opportunity to observe its students attending English Language and Visual Arts lessons under the New Senior Secondary curriculum.
     He was pleased to note that the school has played an active role in building local school networks. With the support of the Education Bureau it established the Cheung Chau Learning Circle, in which all five secondary and primary schools on the island joined together to promote an English learning habit and culture among their students. It also co-operated with another secondary school to run Tourism and Hospitality Studies, and Business, Accounting and Financial Studies to provide the students with a broadened curriculum by allowing cross-school subject enrolment at the senior secondary level.

     Mr Ng said that the New Senior Secondary Academic Structure attaches great importance to "Student-oriented, Whole Person Development, Multiple Pathway and Life-long Learning", and he believed that the strengthened co-operation among schools could provide students with better learning conditions and more diversified options.   

     Then Mr Ng went to San Hing Street, where he took the initiative to approach local residents and shop owners, listening to their views and sharing exchanges about their daily life and business conditions.

     In addition to education, Mr Ng is also deeply concerned about support services for youths. He paid a visit to the Caritas Jockey Club Integrated Service for Young People - Cheung Chau, which organises activities for youths, and toured its various facilities. Mr Ng chatted with the participants and gave them encouragement.  

     Mr Ng then returned to the Harbour Building in Central where he met and exchanged views on district affairs with Islands District Council Members.

Ends/Monday, October 29, 2012
Issued at HKT 18:29


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