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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Mike Weeks


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Liberal studies to be revamped and renamed   Listenfacebook
The Education Bureau says it's going to make sweeping changes to the liberal studies curriculum, which the pro-Beijing camp blames for the large number of students involved in last year’s often violent social unrest. The changes, including renaming liberal studies and a required study trip to the mainland, are expected to come into force at the start of the next academic year. Here's Wendy Wong:
Prsicilla Leung says school students are too young to think critically   Listenfacebook
Many pro-Beijing figures have blamed liberal studies at least in part for last year's massive anti-government unrest. It was introduced by Hong Kong's first Chief Executive, Tung Chee-hwa, to promote critical thinking. But the head of the Legislative Council's education panel, Priscilla Leung, says secondary school students are too young to be taught critical thinking skills. The Business and Professionals Alliance lawmaker told Joanne Wong the revamp is long overdue:
Critical thinking an ‘important element’ for students  Listenfacebook
The outgoing education sector lawmaker, Ip Kin-yuen, described the government's decision to overhaul liberal studies as "abrupt" and made out of "political considerations". He also pointed to the contradiction of the government saying it wanted to lighten the workload of students while requiring them to make a field trip to the mainland. Other critics said the revamp would "kill the soul" of the secondary school subject. Mike Weeks asked Isaac Cheng, spokesperson for Education Breakthrough, for his reaction to Education Secretary Kevin Yeung’s announcement:
Civil servants to be required to pledge allegiance en masse  Listenfacebook
The government has changed its mind about having civil servants pledge allegiance to the SAR in phases. Instead it has that all government employees will have to do so in one go. As Maggie Ho reports, officials haven't decided what to do with staff who refuse to make such a declaration but warned that this would be a serious matter:
Seven more dance halls added to coronavirus cluster  Listenfacebook
More than 80 new coronavirus infections have been confirmed for the third day running, with 59 of the cases linked to the huge dance-class cluster. Here's Violet Wong:
Doctors given power to order mandatory testing  Listenfacebook
Eighty-one new coronavirus infections were confirmed on Thursday. There were also over 60 preliminary positives. The source of infection of 13 patients is not known. But Health Secretary Sophia Chan says from Saturday, doctors will be given the power to order people with Covid-19 symptoms to undergo mandatory tests. Priscilla Ng reports:
Legco set to debate Lantau Tomorrow  Listenfacebook
The finance committee of the Legislative Council will start discussing public funding of a feasibility study for Chief Executive Carrie Lam's plan to reclaim a huge island off east Lantau on Friday. The development secretary has dismissed concerns that the HK$600 billion-plus Lantau Tomorrow Vision scheme won't be financially viable. But the plan remains hugely controversial, especially among environmental groups. Representatives from nine green groups on Thursday urged the finance committee to reject the HK$550 million funding request. Kate Lin, who's a senior campaigner for Greenpeace, told Wendy Wong why they're against the project:
CE insists bay area job plan won’t lead to brain drain  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, has railed against the idea that she's hoping to send young Hongkongers packing from the territory, as she defended her plan to subsidise jobs elsewhere in the Greater Bay Area. Jimmy Choi reports:
Joshua Wong not expecting a fair trial  Listenfacebook
Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong has told a German newspaper that he's lost confidence in Hong Kong's legal system and feels like a dissident on the mainland. Sean Kennedy has the details:
HKU don convicted of murder  Listenfacebook
University of Hong Kong professor Cheung Kie-chung has been found guilty of murdering his wife two years ago. Her decomposing body was found in a box in his office in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He will be sentenced next Thursday, as Wendy Wong reports:
Operation Santa Claus: Caritas Rehabilitation Service   Listenfacebook
Operation Santa Claus is now in full swing. Jointly organised by RTHK and the SCMP, this year it’s supporting 19 charities. One of the beneficiaries is Caritas Rehabilitation Service, which runs project “HOPE” to help children with special educational needs and their parents. Radio 3’s Angie Man talked to the project organiser, Chris Yip: