SED visits Kwai Tsing District (with photos)
Accompanied by District Officer (Kwai Tsing), Mr Alan Lo, Mr Yeung first went to Kwai Tsing District Council to meet with its chairman, Mr Law King-shing, and other members. They exchanged views on various education and district issues.
He then visited the Lutheran School for the Deaf to have exchanges with the school supervisor, managers, principal, teachers and students. Established in 1968, the special school provides primary one to secondary six education services for students with severe or profound hearing impairment, or those who lack adequate speech abilities for building up knowledge owing to their hearing impairment.
Mr Yeung toured the school's teaching facilities, including the Chinese Cultural Learning Centre, the Design and Technology Room and the Sign Language Resource Centre. He also participated in student learning activities, which included an air cannon experiment, a mini vibrating robot, computer drawing, 3D printing, laser cutting and aerial photography.
He was pleased to learn that the students, under the guidance of their teachers, have developed a profound interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, and were awarded the top prize in the primary school division of a territory-wide competition on STEM education last week.
The Government understands the unique needs of students at special schools, and has been providing additional support for both teachers and students. Mr Yeung said, "Taking this special school for students with hearing impairment as an example, with the provision of two more teachers, one occupational therapist and one occupational therapist assistant in this school year, it has more manpower to provide diversified education services, including the promotion of STEM education and learning of Chinese history and culture to facilitate the whole-person development of individual students.
"Besides, an additional support grant will be disbursed to the school if its day students have been defined by healthcare professionals as students with medical complexity. This can offer more appropriate care to the students."
Mr Yeung said he believes that with the Government's enhanced support and the care of teachers and professionals, students of special schools will receive better education services and be able to overcome their obstacles to develop their full potential.
Ends/Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Issued at HKT 15:26
Issued at HKT 15:26