Developing Electronic Textbooks
120. The use of e-learning resources has become a major trend in education. Apart from providing students with an interactive mode of learning, electronic textbooks and learning resources allow more flexibility in textbook compilation, lower production costs, reduce wastage and help achieve reasonable pricing. This is a desirable alternative to printed textbooks, which is currently the only option available on the market.
121. The Government is committed to developing e-learning resources. An EDB task force set up in mid-2011 will review teaching and learning materials and explore ways to better utilise the advantages of e-learning and improve the provision of textbooks.
Review of Student Financial Assistance
122. The community is concerned about the interest rate and repayment arrangements for loans to post-secondary students. The Government has commenced a review of non-means-tested loan schemes. The review covers the scope of eligible programmes, loan amounts, interest rates and repayment arrangements under the schemes, as well as measures to reduce the default rate. We will consult the public on the detailed recommendations by the end of this year.