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Adjustment Programme for Primary and Secondary School Freshmen Under the Epidemic to be Conducted Online

  • According to Mr Lam, the orientation programme helps teachers and students to get to know each other, so that they do not have to teach directly without knowing each other, which would be awkward and abrupt.


    (Sing Tao Daily reported) less than a week before the start of the new school year, the epidemic for the first time in the school sector, "the start of the school does not return to school", the students who will soon be admitted to Primary 1 and Secondary 1, the school can not arrange for new student adjustment activities in the school, some schools have changed the activities to the entire online, so that students to get to know the school, and to establish a teacher-student relationship, so as to avoid the direct teaching of the embarrassment and abruptness, but admitted that the screen is separated from the inability to truly know the students; however, there is also a school that said the adjustment programme is mainly activity-based teaching, can not return to school can only be cancelled helplessly. However, some schools said that the adapted curriculum was mainly based on activity-based teaching and could not return to school, so they had no choice but to cancel the programme. 



    The continuing epidemic has affected the arrangement of orientation programmes for new students in various schools. Last Saturday, the Cognitio College (Kowloon) held an online parents' meeting to introduce in detail the school's situation, the specific arrangements for online classes, and how to fill in the forms for borrowing laptop computers, applying for tablet computers, and the Community Care Fund, so as to facilitate the school's purchase of electronic devices to give to needy students. As most of the students are from the grassroots, the school has no idea about the status of their electronic equipment, so it had no choice but to cancel the programme.



    The CNEC Lau Wing Sang Secondary School in Chai Wan, on the other hand, has switched its adaptation activities to the Internet, including an online bridging course that started early this month. The teacher responsible for cross-curricular English support has also recorded a short video introducing the common terms used in some of the English-medium subjects as well as a guided tour of the campus for students' pre-training and understanding of the campus environment.



    Principal Lam Tat-ho said that teachers have been asked to make regular sunshine calls to students and parents to show their concern for the students and to get to know each other's voices and faces in advance, so as to avoid the embarrassment and abruptness of teaching students and teachers without knowing each other. "Students will feel at ease on campus only when they are first allowed to get used to the school environment and familiarise themselves with the teachers of different subjects and the homeroom teachers," said the school's principal, Lam Tat-ho. The school held an orientation day through the e-learning platform last Saturday, with teachers and students watching an introductory video together; an online commencement day will be held next Tuesday, and an online guidance day for the new school year will be held next Wednesday. Tat-ho Lam said that all classes in the school will have to conduct homeroom according to the timetable on that day, which will serve as an exercise for teachers and students to attend the online classes at the same time.



    As for primary schools, Y.C.H. Choi Hin To Primary School in Tai Po will hold an "opening day without students", with a video explaining the school's situation, including the new teaching arrangements inspired by the epidemic, i.e., from the next school year onwards, academic classes will be concentrated in the morning, with all-round courses in the afternoon. Vice-principal Wong Wing-sie said that, in addition to letting new students get to know the school, it also encourages teachers to seize the opportunity to interact with their students, rather than meeting them in a serious academic classroom.

    In the past, the aim of the orientation programme was to establish a relationship with students through face-to-face exchanges, and at the same time to observe students' personality and behaviour, understand their learning needs and make appropriate teaching arrangements, but now it has been changed to an online programme, which is "always on the screen and it is difficult to understand the situation of the students".