IT teaching falls behind, finds survey

Local | Sophie Hui 27 May 2019

The information technology education curriculum cannot keep up with all the speedy technological advancements, teachers say.

The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups' Youth IDEAS interviewed 600 teachers and students in more than 100 secondary schools on their IT education between April and May.

IT education is a compulsory subject for junior secondary students, but more than half of the 101 teachers in the survey said the curriculum cannot keep up with modern advancements in technology.

A third of teachers also said the curriculum is too broad, and that they are not familiar with new technologies, which hindered them in designing and updating the curriculum.

More than half of the teachers added that the lesson hours for IT classes are too short.

Most teachers hope students can apply the IT knowledge they acquire after finishing their course. However, many students know only the names of the computer skills or have a basic understanding of them.

Among the 11 computer skills, students met teachers' expectations only when it came to e-mails and online messages.

More than 60 percent of teachers hope students can use multimedia software like Photoshop and Flash in their work. However, nearly 70 percent of students said they only know the name of these software programs.

Similar results were found in using cloud drives like Google Drive, where 70 percent of students said they weren't familiar with the technology besides the name.

But teachers think the IT course is important as 99 percent of them said students should be able to put the computer skills into use after they finish the course.

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