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Hong Kong schools need smaller classes, not students from outside the city

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LettersHong Kong schools need smaller classes, not students from outside the city

Readers discuss the Education Bureau’s approach to dealing with the drop in student numbers, and the need for bolstering social-emotional learning in schoolsEducationLettersPublished: 11:30am, 13 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Feel strongly about these letters, or any other aspects of the news? Share your views by emailing us your Letter to the Editor at [email protected] or filling in this Google form. Submissions should not exceed 400 words, and must include your full name and address, plus a phone number for verification.I am writing to express my deep frustration at a recent Cable TV interview with Secretary for Education Christine Choi Yuk-lin. Her responses to questions regarding the drastic drop in student numbers were inadequate and out of touch with the reality of our education system.One of the most infuriating moments of the interview was when Choi was asked whether the Education Bureau would take this opportunity to launch small-class teaching. Choi said the government would not push class sizes up but would maintain them at 31-32 students, implying that such student numbers are considered small.

In a lesson lasting 35-40 minutes, how long can a teacher possibly have their eyes on the average student, let alone cater to students’ individual differences and needs?

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