Policy of Debundling Textbooks and Teaching Learning Materials


Revised Policy of Debundling Textbooks and Teaching/ Learning Materials

According to EDB Circular No. 63/2012, the revised debundling policy is as follows :

  • Schools are allowed to accept from publishers free teacher’s handbooks, which serve as ‘user manuals’ for the textbooks in use to help teachers get a better understanding of how to use the textbooks effectively;
    will be allowed to borrow inspection copies of textbooks (including newly published/ revised and existing textbooks) from publishers for textbook selection, although all the materials borrowed should be returned to the publishers by the end of the school year.
  • not allowed to accept any complimentary teaching materials, donations, or any form of benefits from textbook publishers or textbook retailers, such as equipment on free loan, free teaching aids and supplementary teaching resources (e.g. overhead projector, television set, computer hardware, computer software) and free on-site services to schools; cash grants for purchase of equipment or teaching aids; funding for school functions; advertisements in school publications; floral baskets, scholarships, prizes, etc. so as to avoid increasing the cost of textbook publication or influence schools’ choice of textbooks.

Guidelines on the Selection of Textbooks and Learning Materials for Use in Schools

1)      Panels should use subject grants to buy teaching and learning materials, including e-learning resources. (Pricing information of teaching and learning materials debundled from textbooks will be hyperlinked to   the RTL webpage of the EDB for reference, and panels may apply for additional funding from the school to buy the materials).

2)      Panels may buy teaching materials (including e-learning resources) developed by different publishers for reference and make flexible use of these materials for teaching, instead of just solely relying on those materials associated with the textbooks.

3)      Teachers may use the free learning and teaching resources available on the EDB website (http://www.edb.gov.hk/index.aspx?nodeID=120&langno=1), HKEdCity (http://resources.hkedcity.net/) and everyday authentic materials as supplementary teaching materials to enhance teaching and learning effectiveness and rely less on textbooks.

4)      Teachers may use textbooks when designing learning and teaching activities.They may exercise their professional judgment to select suitable materials, exercises and tasks from textbooks, together with other sources (such as the media, the natural environment, the Internet and community resources), to design their own learning and teaching materials to cater for students’ needs. They need not regard textbooks as the only teaching materials.