A current affairs programme with expert panels and listener participation.



    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Anna Fenton

    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)

    Mass testing and the economy

    主持人:Hugh Chiverton and Anna Fenton

    On Wednesday’s Backchat, Mass testing effectiveness and the economy.

     About 1.78 million people have taken part in the government’s multi-million mass testing programme for Covid-19 that ended on Monday. The 530-million-dollar project, that last for two weeks has managed to track down 42 Covid-19 cases. 

    We’ll discuss the effectiveness of this project. And the Government has unveiled a third round of relief funding amounting to $24 billion. How is the money best directed? 

    The government has also relaxed some of the restrictions starting from this coming Friday. Bars will be allowed to open till midnight, Karaoke will resume business and swimming pools will be re-opened. What do you think about these measures? 

    8:30-9:00 Covid-19 and the Economy 

    Edward Yum, Political commentator and managing director of Ayasa Globo, a subsidiary of a main board listed company 

    Dr. Andrew Yuen, Senior Lecturer of Department of Decision Sciences and Managerial Economics and Academic Director of MBA Programmes at The Chinese University of Hong Kong Business School 

    9:00-9:30 Mass Testing 

    Dr Kwok Ka-ki, Civic Party lawmaker 

    Dr Henry Yeung, President of Hong Kong Doctors' Union.


    16/09/2020 - 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)

    16/09/2020 - Covid-19 relief measures

    Edward Yum and Andrew Yuen

    16/09/2020 - Mass testing

    Kwok Ka-ki and Henry Yeung

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