Prices of school textbooks & electronic learning resources



DateContextSummary of developmentAction
17.10.97 ED denoting Education Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's paper which set out the latest position of the implementation of IT in secondary and primary education, and the way forward. [Paper]
5.12.97 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved -
 a non-recurrent commitment of $2,583,210,000 to enhance IT facilities in public sector schools to promote more extensive use of IT in teaching and learning;
 a recurrent grant ranging from $55,000 to $76,000 per annum per school for the purchase of IT-related consumables; and
 the delegation of authority to the Secretary for the Treasury to approve future annual revisions of the rates of the recurrent grant in accordance with the movement of the Consumer Price Index (B).
[Paper]

26.6.98 PRESS denoting Press Release The Administration launched a consultation document on a proposed five-year strategy for applying IT in teaching and learning. [Press release]
28.7.98 ED denoting Education Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's paper which briefed members on the consultation document on a five-year strategy for applying IT in school education. [Paper]
26.10.98 ED denoting Education Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's paper which briefly described the site preparation works required and the related procedures for the implementation of IT education in schools. [Paper]
16.11.98 ED denoting Education Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's paper on the proposed arrangements to give schools greater flexibility in the procurement of computer facilities, IT training for teachers, and site preparation. [Paper]
29.1.99 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved -
 an increase in the approved commitment of Head 40 Education Department Subhead 834 Equipment for computer studies Item 511 Enhancement of use of IT in school education from $2,583,210,000 by $341,473,000 to $2,924,683,000; and
 an expansion of the ambit of the above Item to include provision of IT equipment in community facilities mainly for use by students outside school hours; and
FC also noted the new arrangements to decentralise, where appropriate, the procurement of IT equipment, acquisition of teacher training and site preparation, so as to implement IT in education in a more comprehensive and expeditious manner. [Paper]

3.99 AUD denoting Director of Audit´s Report Director of Audit conducted a value-for-money audit on the use of IT in schools. [Paper]
15.9.99 ED denoting Panel on Education At the request of Hon SIN Chung-kai, the Panel held a special meeting to discuss the delays in computer installation works in schools. The Administration briefed the Panel on the progress of site preparation works for implementation of IT in education initiatives in schools. [Paper]
8.6.00 ED denoting Panel on Education The Panel discussed the Administration's proposals to enhance the administration computer systems in schools and the Education Department (ED). [Paper]
23.6.00 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved a new commitment of $376 million for enhancing the administrative computer systems in public sector schools, local schools under the Direct Subsidy Scheme, and ED. [Paper]
2.01 PAC denoting Public Account Committee PAC considered in detail report of the Director of Audit on use of IT in schools. [Report "Page 23"]

PAC wished to be kept informed of further development on the subject.

18.6.01 ED denoting Panel on Education The Panel discussed the Administration's report on the review of the Pilot Scheme on the use of IT in schools. [Paper]
28.2.02 ED denoting Panel on Education The Panel discussed the Administration's paper which set out the key findings and recommendations of the interim review of the Five-Year Strategy on Information Technology in Education.[Paper]
2.7.03 CQ denoting Council question Ir Dr Hon HO Chung-tai raised a question on "Implementation of strategy on IT in education".[Hansard "page 105"]
18.2.04 CQ denoting Council question Hon SIN Chung-kai raised a question on "Additional teacher appointed under information technology in education project". [Hansard "page 38"]
19.4.04 ED denoting Panel on Education The Panel discussed on the way forward for IT in education. The Administration also informed the Panel of the launch of public consultation on the next IT in education strategy. [Paper]

Information paper entitled "Use of IT in education in Hong Kong and other economics" provided by the Administration.[Paper]

21.6.04 ED denoting Panel on Education The Panel discussed the outcome of the public consultation on "Information Technology in Education - Way Forward" and the implementation of the next IT in education strategy. [Paper]
2.7.04 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved a new commitment of
(a)$171.5 million for the replacement and upgrading of IT facilities in public sector schools to better equip them to support today's need of IT in learning and teaching; and

(b)$40.2 million for the implementation of various initiatives to embed IT in learning and teaching. [Paper]

9.5.05 ED denoting Panel on Education The Panel discussed the Administration paper entitled "Implementation of the Second Information Technology in Education Strategy" [Paper]
10.6.05 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved an increase in commitment from $40.2 million by $124.3 million to $164.5 million under Head 156 Government Secretariat: Education and Manpower Bureau Subhead 700 General non-recurrent Item 914 Implementation of information technology in education strategy for sustaining the implementation of various initiatives under the Second Information Technology in Education Strategy. [Paper]
25.10.06 CQ denoting Council question Hon SIN Chung-kai raised a question on "Information Technology in Education Strategy". [Hansard "page 40"]
18.4.07 CQ denoting Council question Hon Jasper TSANG raised a question on "Teaching with Information Technology". [Hansard "page 19"]
12.11.07 ED denoting Panel on Education The Panel discussed the Administration paper entitled "Right Technology at the Right Time for the Right Task". [Paper] [Consultation document]

The Panel also noted the updated background brief prepared by Legislative Council Secretariat on "Use of information technology in education". [Paper]

9.1.08 CQ denoting Council question Hon SIN Chung-kai raised a question on " Hong Kong Education City". [Hansard "page 99"]
14.1.08 ED denoting Panel on Education The Panel discussed the Administration's paper on the outcome of the consultation on the Third Strategy on Information Technology in Education. [Paper]
31.1.08 ED denoting Panel on Education The Panel met with deputations and the Administration to discuss the Third Strategy on Information Technology in Education. The Administration provided a supplementary information on resources planning and redeployment. [Paper]
3.6.09 CQ denoting Council question Hon Starry LEE raised a question on "Prices of School Textbooks". [Hansard "page 101"]
3.3.10 CQ denoting Council question Dr Hon TAM Wai-ho raised a question on "Development of Information Technology in Schools". [Hansard "page 77"]
14.5.10 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved

(a)the creation of a new commitment of $128 million for the promotion of e-Learning in the school sector; and

(b)an increase of $12 million in the approved commitment for strengthening and expediting the development of the Depository of Curriculum-based Learning and Teaching Resources. [Paper]

28.5.10 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved

(a)a new commitment of $280 million for providing subsidies for Internet access charges for needy families; and

(b)a new commitment of $220 million for facilitating needy students and parents to gain access to the Internet for learning. [Paper]

16.2.11 CQ denoting Council Question Hon Andrew LEUNG raised a question on "Electronic Teaching and Learning Materials". [Hansard "page 84"]
11.4.11 ED denoting Panel on Education The Panel discussed the Administration's paper entitled "Progress in the Implementation of the Policy of Debundling Textbooks and Teaching/Learning Materials for Pricing". [Paper]

The Panel also noted the background brief prepared by Legislative Council Secretariat entitled "Debundling of textbooks and teaching and learning resources for pricing ". [Paper]

21.6.11 ED denoting Panel on Education The Panel discussed the Administration's paper entitled " Progress in the Implementation of the Policy of Debundling Textbooks and Teaching/Learning Materials for Pricing". [Paper]

The Panel also noted the background brief prepared by Legislative Council Secretariat entitled "Debundling of textbooks and teaching and learning resources for pricing". [Paper]

22.6.11 CQ denoting Council Question Hon Albert HO raised a question on "Debundling of Textbooks and Teaching and Learning Resources for Pricing". [Hansard "page 76"]
22.6.11 CQ denoting Council Question Dr Hon Samson TAM raised a question on "Use of Information Technology in Schools". [Hansard "page 96"]
9.1.12 ED denoting Education Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's paper entitled "Infrastructure Enhancement for Education Information System" [Paper]
27.4.12 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved a new commitment of $157,017,000 for enhancing the information technology infrastructure of the Education Information System of the Education Bureau. [paper]
14.5.12 ED denoting Education Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's paper entitled "E-Textbook Market Development Scheme" [Paper]

The Panel also noted the background brief prepared by Legislative Council Secretariat entitled "Development of e-Learning and prices of school textbooks" [Paper]

The Administration was requested to provide details, with breakdowns, on the utilization of the proposed creation of a commitment at $50 million for the implementation of the Scheme before submitting the funding proposal to the Finance Committee. [Follow-up paper]

The Administration was requested to provide a written response to the motion concerning the promotion of textbook recycling and use of second-hand textbooks passed at the meeting. [Response]

23.5.12 CQ denoting Council Question Hon CHEUNG Hok-ming raised a question on "Prices of Textbooks". [Hansard "page 61"]
1.6.12 FC denoting Finance Committee Members approved the creation of a new commitment of $50 million for launching an E-Textbook Market Development Scheme. [Paper]
7.11.12 CQ denoting Council Question Hon Mrs Regina IP LAU Suk-yee raised a question on "Textbook vetting criteria". [Hansard "page 78"]
7.2.13 ED denoting Education Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's paper entitled "Progress of Implementing the E-Textbook Market Development Scheme and the Use of E-platforms to Facilitate Teaching and Learning". [Paper]

The Panel also noted the background brief prepared by Legislative Council Secretariat entitled "Issues related to the development of e-learning and e-textbooks" [Paper]

20.2.13 CQ denoting Council Question Hon Charles Peter MOK raised a question on "Promotion of e-learning". [Hansard "page 20"]
30.5.13 ED denoting Education Panel The Panel noted Dr Hon Kenneth CHAN's letter dated 7 May 2013 concerning the prices of school textbooks (Chinese version only) [Paper]

The Panel noted Administration's reply dated 27 May 2013 to the letter from Dr Hon Kenneth CHAN's letter dated 7 May 2013 concerning the prices of school textbooks as set out in LC Paper No. CB(4)700/12-13(01) [Paper]

30.10.13 CQ denoting Council Question Hon Charles Peter MOK raised a question on "E-textbook Market Development Scheme". [Hansard "page 141"]
13.11.13 CQ denoting Council Question Hon MA Fung-kwok raised a question on "E-textbook Market Development Scheme". [Hansard "page 96"]
11.5.15 ED denoting Education Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's paper entitled "Progress of Implementing the Support Scheme on e-Learning in Schools and the e-Textbook Market Development Scheme" [Paper] [Follow-up paper]

The Panel noted the updated background brief prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat entitled "Issues related to support for schools to implement e-learning and development of e-textbooks". [Paper]

9.11.15 ED denoting Education Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's paper entitled "Progress on Implementation of the Fourth Strategy on Information Technology in Education" [Paper]

The Panel noted the background brief prepared by the Legislative Council Secretariat entitled "Issues related to the Fourth Strategy on Information Technology in Education". [Paper]

9.11.16 CQ denoting Council Question Dr Hon LAU Siu-lai raised a question on "Support for Internet learning for students from grass-roots families". [Hansard "page 99"]
2.3.18 ED denoting Education Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's paper entitled "Community Care Fund Assistance Programme: Provision of Subsidy to Needy Primary and Secondary Students for Purchasing Mobile Computer Devices to Facilitate the Practice of e-Learning" [Paper]
27.2.19 CQ denoting Council Question Hon CHEUNG Kwok-kwan raised a question on "Use of e-textbooks and e-learning resources by schools". [Hansard "page 40"]

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