DSEDJ engages with Representatives from the Education Sector
The Director of the Education and Youth Development Bureau, Mr. Kong Chi Meng, and Deputy Directors, Mr. Teng Sio Hong, Ms. Iun Pui Iun, and Mr. Wong Ka Ki, along with relevant heads, held meetings with representatives from the Macao Catholic Schools Association, the Diocesan Catholic Education Committee on 28 June 2023; the Macao Chinese Education Association on 29 June, and with other school representatives on 30 June. These meetings aimed to enhance communication between the bureau and the education sector in order to foster dialogue on issues of shared concern.
Before the meetings, Mr. Kong reminded the educators to concentrate on student assessments as the school year draws to a close, to bolster communication with parents, and to continually care for students' physical and mental health. During the meetings, Acting Head of the Department of Educational Research and Planning, Mr. Cheang Sek kit, discussed the proposed revision of the Curriculum Framework and the work plan for revising the “Requirements of Basic Academic Attainments” and the Curriculum Guide. By revising these documents, conditions are created for schools to carry out programming education, artificial intelligence education, and comprehensive application skills education. This provides policy support and offers appropriate learning content for students.
The Head of the Division of Infant and Primary Education, Ms. Choi Man Chi, shared initiatives promoting healthy eating in schools. She provided insight into the School Operation Guide's content on food management, the standards for establishing school-based monitoring mechanisms, and healthy eating initiatives. She further discussed recommendations on promoting healthy eating in schools, expressing hope that collaboration between schools and pertinent departments would strengthen to ensure students' dietary health. Mr. Cheng also unveiled a proposal to enhance students' guidance for further studies and a policy about the Tertiary Student Finance Scheme subsidising exceptional students applying for the designated "1+4" related majors. The scheme aims to assist Macao students in aligning their career planning with the "1+4" moderate and diversified development approach. To better understand students' study preferences and to maintain close contact with them, the Bureau plans to improve the registration process of students' academic records. This would facilitate the distribution of information regarding policies, career planning, further study opportunities, tertiary education grants, textbook subsidies, and support services.
Participants and school representatives concurred with the aforementioned initiatives and measures and provided valuable feedback and suggestions on education matters. These include the fine-tuning of the curriculum, healthy eating in schools, advice on further studies, and registration of academic information for honor students.