應驗的，大概就是一句not for promotion，當下我仍是一個最基層的合約教師。想起早前新聞繕稿說27歲前完成MBA薪金大躍進，現實的學歷通漲還真夠嚴重。
In both primary and secondary schools, teachers today are continuing to face challenges brought on by reform measures launched more than a decade ago.
Liberal studies teacher Tin Fong-chak, now in his second year of the Chinese University's (CUHK) master of education programme, is one who has tackled the challenges head on by pursuing further studies. Taking the two-year part-time course has helped him develop a better idea of the changes called for.
Besides knowledge, schools now also give weight to the nurturing of skills, from presentation to the ability to summarise and analyse data. "Over the past decade, schools have called for teachers across different disciplines to help students develop these skills," said Tin.
"Most schools also encourage different departments to work together. For example, for humanities subjects, history and Chinese history teachers would work together to help students build this common set of skills."
The teacher at the HKSYCIA Wong Tai Shan Memorial College is coming to grips with what interdisciplinary learning involves. The school-based curriculum, a reform initiative, challenges teachers to devise innovative teaching materials.
"Many schools no longer rely on textbooks," Tin explained. "When you do the whole-year planning, it's important that you have sufficient skills to put bits and pieces of the curriculum together."
The CUHK course offers five other specialised areas for students to choose from - the general stream, educational psychology, education policies, sports science and physical education, and educational leadership and administration.
Compared to the Postgraduate Diploma in Education, which he completed two years ago and involved four weeks of practical work, Tin said the present course helped him to think broadly and be more critical. He was doing it not so much for promotion but for enhancing his own teaching capacities, he added.
"If you're really interested in hot issues related to education, the course offers a lot of viewpoints, especially for you to look at Hong Kong's education system critically," he said.
"People who have chosen this stream want to do something in this area in the future.
"There are people with the master's degree applying for jobs at the Education Bureau. But that's very rare. You don't get an extra edge, unless you have done a doctoral degree."