A current affairs programme with expert panels and listener participation.



    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Ada Wong

    Backchat is RTHK Radio 3's current affairs programme with expert panels and listener participation. It airs every weekday from 8.30am-9.30am. Have your say by calling us on 233 88 266, Backchat's Facebook , or send us a message at backchat@rthk.hk

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    Liberal Studies

    On Friday's Backchat, Liberal Studies.

    A task force reviewing the local school curriculum is calling for a major overhaul of the subject, including stripping out discussion of current affairs, before the government decides whether it should be kept as a core subject for secondary students.

    In a report submitted to the Education Bureau on Tuesday, the group said major changes are needed to address controversies surrounding the subject.

    The task force cited allegations that the subject was responsible for the “violent and radical behaviour of some youngsters in the recent social unrest” and that teachers had “abused” the subject as a “platform to put forward their own political views”.

    Is it fair to blame liberal studies for radicalising youngsters? Do you agree with the report that ongoing events were not suitable for class debate as it would be difficult to “engage in impartial and evidence-based discussions”. Or is tackling current affairs a key part of 21st century education?

    Dr John Tan, former and first Chief Curriculum Development Officer in Liberal Studies of the Education Bureau
    Joe Hui, lecturer at the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership. Hong Kong Education University
    Colin Lai, Executive Committee Member - Hong Kong Professional Teachers Union

    25/09/2020 - 足本 Full (HKT 08:30 - 09:35)

    第一部份 Part 1 (HKT 08:30 - 09:00)

    第二部份 Part 2 (HKT 09:03 - 09:35)




    Jason Poon (L), Tom Yam(middle) and Ryan Ip (R)

    The detained 12

    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Ada Wong

    On Tuesday’s Backchat, the detained 12. 


    Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Hua Chunying said on Sunday that 12 Hong Kong people detained as they tried to flee to Taiwan by speedboat are "separatists" who have been trying to split Hong Kong from China. He was responding to comments by American officials that arrest of the 12 “democracy activists is another sad example of the deterioration of human rights in Hong Kong". 

    Families of six of them said on Saturday that mainland lawyers they have hired have not be allowed to access to the captured activists, with the authorities saying they already have legal representation.

    Meanwhile, five fugitives who fled to Taiwan in July were also detained in Kaohsiung and cut off from contact with the outside world, according to Taiwanese journalist Edd Jhong. 

    What’s going to happen to those detained in the mainland and Taiwan? Who can help them? There's speculation they will be charged with National Security offences. Is that likely? 


    Charles I-hsin Chen, Legislator-at-large of the KMT, Legislative Yuan, Taiwan

    Chu Hoi-dick, Pro-democracy lawmaker 


    James To, Democratic Party lawmaker  

    Edward Chin, Hedge Fund Manager, Convenor of 2047 Hong Kong Monitor


    15/09/2020 - 足本 Full (HKT 08:30 - 09:35)

    第一部份 Part 1 (HKT 08:30 - 09:00)

    第二部份 Part 2 (HKT 09:03 - 09:35)

    15/09/2020 - The detained 12

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