A new textbook on the amended National Security Law will be published for students in kindergartens, primary and secondary schools and tertiary institutions next year.
Wong Kin Mou, chief of the Education and Youth Development Bureau’s Research and Educational Planning Department, said that the four-chapter textbook mostly covers subjects that are not included in books currently available. However, he stressed that schools could always make their own choices on what books they use. He also said the bureau hoped that through the supplementary textbook, students could gain a better understanding of national security.
The government announced last week that it will submit its national security law amendment bill to the legislature soon for debate, review and vote.
Wong said that in order to bring together cross-school teaching teams in non-tertiary education for professional dialogue, sharing teaching experiences and improving their teaching, the bureau is running a pilot plan titled “cross-school teaching and research”, which has been in operation for “about eight to nine months”, covering Chinese, English, History and Information Technology.
Wong noted that the first review of the pilot plan has been completed and the first phase is expected to be completed next year. After that, Wong added, a decision will be made on whether to add more subjects or expand the pilot plan to different levels of education.
The bureau said that in order to cultivate scientific and creative talents, it will launch a training programme titled Youth Science and Technology Village next year for non-tertiary education students. It will also strengthen cooperation among various government bodies, schools and civil society organisations to foster patriotism, The Macau Post Daily reported.