Sample paper for Citizenship and Social Development sees questions about national security law

Friday, July 23, 2021

The Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority today released sample papers for the 2024 HKDSE exams, with the exam questions in the revamped subject Citizenship & Social Development in lieu of Liberal Studies assessing students’ understanding of the city’s national security law.

Hong Kong’s Liberal Studies subject will be renamed “Citizenship & Social Development” in the 2024 HKDSE exams, with the assessment criteria change into a simple pass or fail grade. The subject's DSE paper will also be combined into one paper, with a shortened exam time of two hours.

The sample paper of the subject consists of three questions, with the second one requiring students to give answers regarding the city’s national security law. Students are to give their answers based on the information from the data booklet.

From the data booklet, Article 1 of the National Security Law and extracts of the Financial Secretary’s blog in 2020, his speech in a webinar in 2021 and a news report in 2021 are given to candidates as reference.

Candidates are asked to determine which groups of people must abide by the National Security Law in a multiple-choice question.

As for long answers, candidates are asked to identify possible concerns people may have over the business environment after the implementation of the National Security Law, and to explain the importance of school education in nurturing young people with a sense of belonging towards the country.

Meanwhile, the other two questions are about public health issues and the development of the Greater Bay Area.