Council just an attempt to maintain standards

PUBLISHED : Friday, 27 April, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 27 April, 2007, 12:00am

I have no doubt Hong Kong universities strive to be the very best ('New quality council seen as interference', Education Post, April 21). That said, an outside body such as the Quality Assurance Council could help maintain educational quality.

A review body can 'think outside the box'. After all, the so-called 'collected feedback from students on the performance of teachers' - something universities rely on - is not always reliable, as students often tie their feedback to the grades they receive. That in turn promotes grade inflation, which in turn undermines education quality.

College accountability is the buzz word right now in other countries - so why not follow the trend? As long as universities receive government funding, taxpayers like me want to know if they have used public funds effectively. But universities should have a free hand to manage self-funded programmes.


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