Primary school humanities curriculum undergoes overhaul in Hong Kong

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23rd November 2023 – (Hong Kong) The Education Bureau announced a comprehensive restructuring of the humanities subject for primary schools on Thursday, dividing it into six distinct categories. These new categories will range from “Our Country and I” to “Community and Citizenship”.

The remaining aspects of the subject will cover “Health and Living”, “Environmental Protection and Life”, “Economic and Financial Planning”, and “Our World and I”.

In the “Our Country and I” category, the curriculum will concentrate on understanding the historical evolution of China, the importance of national security, and the constitutional relationship between China and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

New topics to be included are the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison and the Hong Kong National Security Law, as well as the Belt and Road Initiative and the Greater Bay Area. The objective of these new additions is to familiarise students with the country’s most recent developments.

The Bureau suggested that the total teaching hours for humanities subjects per year should be around 37 hours for primary one and two students, extending to at least 56 hours for the more senior classes.

In addition, the Bureau plans to provide approximately 4,000 spots annually for teachers to participate in training courses for the revamped subject.

In a separate development, the Bureau is reportedly “actively considering” the elimination of written exams for primary one and two science classes. The specifics of the Internal Assessment for science and humanities subjects for primary five and six students will be announced at a later date.