Patriotism and smart school main priorities for non-higher education 10-year plan

Macau’s new strategy for non-higher education development until 2030 has as some of its main priorities to “cultivate patriotic sentiment” and develop the “smart school” principle, officials announced today (Friday).

Educational planning 2021-2030 “is based on four main directions: cultivating patriotic sentiment and international vision, developing students’ ‘soft power’, increasing the feeling of happiness and reinforcing creative education”, informed those responsible for the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (DSEJ) at a press conference.

The authorities announced that the “Medium and long-term planning of non-higher education (2021-2030)”, which began to be prepared in 2018, will be available for public consultation at the end of the year.

In the same press conference, which followed the plenary meeting of the Education Council for Non-Higher Education, it was stated that “DSEJ is cooperating with schools, in order to implement […] ‘smart school’, so that all schools are able to carry out online teaching and communication between the family and the school”.

The idea is to support students “anytime and anywhere, preventing the epidemic or other situations from preventing them, for a long period of time, from returning to school and hampering their learning progress”.

In addition to the student performance evaluation system, the DSEJ also highlighted the new version of the special education regime, which replaces the one that was instituted more than 20 years ago, with an update on support measures for students with special educational needs.

Among the main contents of the document are classification rules, measures to be applied to gifted students or those with physical and psychological limitations, individual educational plans, assessment of learning performance and the creation of a barrier-free environment.