SCMP Friday, March 9, 2001


More measures planned for helping 'at risk' students

NIKI LAW

The Education and Manpower Bureau announced on Thursday it plans to expand preventative measures for helping students at risk of developing behavioural problems.
According to the bureau, ''problem students'' make up 18 per cent of secondary one pupils in Hong Kong.
The scheme currently helping these students applies to 40 schools in the Shatin district. It will now be expanded 12-fold to cover 200 secondary schools and 400 primary schools.
To help students with behavioural problems caused by lack of domestic support, the bureau will spend $90 million in the next five years.
Education and Manpower Secretary Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun said: ''We are not saying the label ''at risk'' means these students will definitely become problems in the future. We simply want to support those who don't have support from their families.''
To help students with behavioural problems caused by lack of domestic support, the bureau will spend $90 million in the next five years.
Education and Manpower Secretary Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun said: ''We are not saying the label ''at risk'' means these students will definitely become problems in the future. We simply want to support those who don't have support from their families.''
Non-government organisations will also assist in developing a counselling programme.
Director of Education Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said: ''We are trying to develop a tool to gauge the behavioural development of students... starting from form one to make sure they're on the right track.''
Seminars, small group activities and help from social workers were options being considered.
This programme was initially launched in 1994 by Breakthrough and the Chinese University in Shatin at 20 pioneer schools.
Mrs Law said additional resources would also be allocated for helping gifted students.