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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    A lesson for the pig-headed bureaucrats

    Posted May 01st 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com The government says it wants Hong Kong to be an education hub and a world city but it simply refuses to consider simple changes to its school subsidy policy that would go a long way towards achieving those goals. Admission to international and English Schools Foundation schools is highly competitive. Even if you secure a place, high tuition fees ...

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    Time to end national education row

    Posted Oct 09th 2012, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... The furore over national education will hopefully come to an end. Both sides seem to have reached an amicable settlement in which the government was allowed a face-saving way to admit defeat. As announced by Anna Wu Hung-yuk, the head of the government� ...

  3. Some high-priced parenting tips

    Posted Oct 17th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo The Bow tie has ventured into family counselling. There is truly no topic concerning Hong Kong that escapes the incisive and brilliant mind of the chief executive. Policy addresses used to, well, deal with government policies; not any more. Donald Tsang Yam-kuen even offered child-rearing advice in his latest address. 'Parents should adjust their attitude ...

  4. Lessons to be learned in study of academics' deeds

    Posted Sep 05th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo Is Hong Kong losing its moral fibre? That's the question a reader posted to us this week. In response to an op-ed article I wrote on education, a university lecturer sent in an anguished e-mail: 'Maybe sometime in the future, you can ask a question regarding how many local university administrators [and professors for that matter] send their children to local ...

  5. Columnist's boast provokes ex-boss into publishing essay over founding of journal

    Posted Sep 05th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo A spat has broken out between two of Hong Kong's premium pundits, and it's not a pretty sight. Cho Chi-ming, the Hong Kong Economic Journal columnist, apparently got a bit carried away on a TVB talk show recently and provoked the ire of his ex-boss Lam Shan-muk, the paper's founder, former publisher and, for decades, its lead op-ed writer. Cho ...

  6. Public education, local in all but name

    Posted Sep 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo It is one of Hong Kong's well-known secrets: many of our international schools are more local than international. Walk into one of their campuses and you're likely to see ... sites with little potential for property development have been earmarked for them, too. Thus the government ensures Hong Kong offers quality education - if you can afford it. Alex Lo is a senior ...

  7. Making people laugh? It's all academic, comedy tutor says

    Posted Mar 28th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo Times are tough and everyone should strive to better themselves. So why not get a sense of humour and learn to become a comedian? Open University is offering just such a course. It doesn't promise employment upon graduation, but at least it should be fun. 'Humour can be taught,' instructor Lam Chiu-wing (right), who is running the city's first ...

  8. Just the advertisement to make MBA students feel safe on campus

    Posted Apr 25th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo The master of business administration programme run out of City University may not be on the A-list of business schools, but if this advert is anything to go by, it's a lot more fun. Looks as if you get to use target practice as course credits. Well, not quite, but almost. Programme graduate Priscilla Mui said being a shooter made her a better manager. If you ...

  9. Let's see, A, B, C ... and Z makes 24? Don't bet on it

    Posted Mar 14th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... with Alex Lo How many letters are there in the English alphabet? The man in charge of the city's education policy wasn't too sure. Education Secretary Michael Suen Ming-yeung was at a public forum this week defending the de facto segregation of students deemed less advanced in English into language 'ghetto' classes under new teaching policy. He said: 'For those ...

  10. Be careful what you wish for in education

    Posted Jan 15th 2009, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo Language is for communication. It's the primary vehicle for our thoughts; the wellspring from which discovery and self-discovery are made. Yet, our public education system ... the government. I know how they feel. I was once one of them. Alex Lo is a senior writer at the Post ...




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