by enhancing the biliterate and trilingual abilities of students
We have been implementing various measures by phases, these include -
‧extending the Chinese and English Extensive Reading Schemes gradually to cover Primary 1 to Secondary 5 since 1997;
‧the Chinese and English Writing Packages were published and issued to schools in the 2000/01 s.y.;
‧providing Native-speaking English Teachers to enhance the learning and teaching of English in public sector primary and secondary schools;
‧providing additional teaching posts to all eligible aided primary ordinary schools since the 2001/02 s.y. to strengthen library services and to support the extension of Chinese and English Extensive Reading Schemes;
‧upgrading a post to senior teacher rank in each public sector primary school with 6 or more classes to provide curriculum leadership in the teaching of English to improve coordination, planning and methodology;
‧setting up a Language Corner in the Central Resources Centre established in 2006 to provide resources on the Chinese Language Education KLA and English Language Education KLA for teachers’ reference;
‧implementing the Putonghua curriculum as a core subject at both primary and secondary levels since the 1998/99 s.y..
To strengthen the teaching and learning of English in secondary schools and to support the wider use of Putonghua to teach the Chinese Language subject in primary and secondary schools, $1,100 million has been injected to the Language Fund.