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Coding – the potential compulsory subject in Hong Kong

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By Matthew Chan February 12, 2019


Coding is definitely worth to be a mandatory subject in Hong Kong schools, as what other advanced countries have been doing, a STEM educator says.

“US, Japan, Taiwan and many Europe countries have added computer programming into one of their compulsory subjects,” said Moni YL Law, ICanCode Founder.

Law said STEM has been an emerging trend in Hong Kong, advocating by the government, however the resources such as facilities and teachers’ qualities are still insufficient under the Quality Educating Fund and other implementing measures as well as funding at present.

“Coding is not taught by every schools as their resources are inadequate,” said Law.

She said Hong Kong government should frequently review whether the resources provided for STEM are beneficial to the students.

Besides, Law said the government should subsidies teachers to learn coding softwares, such as Scratch, one of the most popular and entry-level coding programme, in return trained teachers can provide high quality tutorials to students, which might foster students’ active learning and innovative thinking.

She said the conventional education is one-way teaching, however STEM in contrast, is promoting active learning, which could possibly trigger and enhance students’ learning motives.

“Korean is an inspiring example in STEM education, which their kindergartens are indeed carrying out coding classes and it gained successful results,” said Law.

She added that teachers are very respected under Korea’s educating system, which about two thousand applicants compete for a single teacher post of aided schools, and their roads nearby examination venues will be closed during public examinations.

STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, it emphasizes on the application of interdisciplinary knowledge, problem-solving and innovative skills. Leung Chun-ying, the then Hong Kong Chief Executive has provided a one-off grant of HK$100,000 and HK$200,000 to each primary school to support school-based STEM education following the Policy Address in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

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