|Under the new academic system, all senior secondary students will take 4 core subjects, 2 to 3 elective subjects (including Applied Learning courses) and other learning experiences. To facilitate the implementation of the Senior Secondary curriculum and provide students with a broad and balanced student programme with sufficient choices, schools need to adopt a more flexible approach to the use of lesson time than in the past and use block time-tabling to maximise the number of subject combinations to be offered to students. Direct streaming students into Arts/Science/Commerce/Technology streams are not desirable and strongly discouraged. In this connection, EDB has developed a software entitled ‘Student Option Programme’(SOP) to help schools analyse students’ preference in choosing the elective subjects and construct block time-table to meet students’needs. Schools can make reference to some examples of how SOP can be used to construct block time-tables.
EDB has conducted a multi-stage Feasibility Study to simulate how schools could maximize the elective subject combinations for students’ choices by adopting a flexible timetabling approach. Some examples have been compiled and are listed below. They are for reference only. Schools may have different needs to cater for the diverse aptitudes, interests and talents of their students. It should also be noted that timetabling could be effectively done by most timetabling software including WebSAMS.