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  1. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Overpricing English-medium schools could hurt Hong Kong's future, say critics

    Posted Jul 28th 2013, 12:00am by Linda Yeung

    ... a construction loan to the English Schools Foundation (ESF), the Lantau-based college has announced plans to increase fees by 53 per cent over the next five years, taking them above HK$130,000 per year ... Linda Yeung Iinda.yeung@scmp.com The loss of government subsidy will make schools teaching in English too costly for many professionals, who will take their talents elsewhere A very ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1292188/overpricing-english-medium-schools-could-hurt-citys
  2. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Discovery College sizes up new ESF chief as school fees rise- again

    Posted Nov 19th 2013, 08:42am by Linda Yeung

    ... school operated by the English Schools Foundation. In adopting a financial model that it admits was flawed, the college wound up with continued deficits even as it struggled to repay a HK$170 ... Linda Yeung linda.yeung@scmp.com A wary welcome from embattled college Three months into the new school year, parents at Discovery College on Lantau are still paying fees at last ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1359455/discovery-college-sizes-new-esf-chief-school-fees-rise
  3. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    ESF's new chief executive Belinda Greer looks to boost efficiency

    Posted Nov 19th 2013, 08:42am by Linda Yeung

    ... tense, future conditional When the Education Bureau announced in June that subsidies to the English Schools Foundation would be phased out from 2016, it seemed inevitable that the ESF would turn ... Video: New chief vows English Schools Foundation will stay affordable Set up by the British colonial government in the 1960s to provide English-language schooling for the children of civil servants ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1359426/esfs-new-chief-executive-belinda-greer-looks-boost
  4. Lifestyle - Family & Education - PERSPECTIVES

    Perspectives: native English-speaking teachers have more to offer

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 09:30am by Perry Bayer

    ... to inculcate Hong Kong students with a strong foundation in English grammar. This could be done by frequently correcting their grammar in both their written assignments and oral presentations. As she ... students' grammar skills. I also believe that many of us as NETs would want to rise to the challenge of being "key leaders in charge of the English curriculum in each school", as Ms Ip ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1574200/perspectives-native-english-speaking-teachers-have-more
  5. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Cantonese or Putonghua in schools? Hongkongers fear culture and identity 'waning'

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 10:05am by Elaine Yau

    ... made up primarily of Cantonese speakers, he thought. "Most nursery schools have adopted Putonghua and English as their medium of instruction. Parents see playgroups as a way to learn a new ... schools is causing concern- and some resentment- among Hongkongers. While educators are split about the efficacy of adopting Putonghua as the medium of instruction, some residents fear that Hong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1583037/argument-continues-over-using-cantonese-or-putonghua
  6. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Equality in schools has a long way to go in Hong Kong

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 10:22am by Katelyn Chan

    ... the booklet in due course," she says, also emphasising the importance of respecting school autonomy. Yuen Kwok-ming is the principal of Caritas Tuen Mun Marden Foundation Secondary School, which ... of Pakistani families cannot speak Chinese or English. However, the schools might not have interpreters to explain the school rules," he says. "As more schools are taking on minority ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1556161/equality-schools-has-long-way-go-hong-kong
  7. Lifestyle - Family & Education - EDUCATION

    New school ties

    Posted Apr 30th 2013, 12:00am by Elaine Yau

    ... An international school or English Schools Foundation (ESF) education is usually the default choice for expatriate families in Hong Kong. But this may not be the case for much longer. More progressive ... School, while others joined in Form Two or Form Three after their families moved to Hong Kong. "Our mode of instruction is English. All teachers, even the ones teaching Chinese, passed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1226048/new-school-ties
  8. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Ukulele gains popularity in schools

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 10:23am by Hazel Parry

    ... It was the culmination of a four-month education programme organised by Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, which involved recruiting teachers from schools and leaders from youth groups to learn the ukulele. ... a recorder from school- it signals the start of a period when peace at home will broken by high-pitched whistles, as the young novice tries to master the instrument. But thanks to the growing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1580570/ukulele-gains-popularity-schools
  9. Lifestyle - Family & Education - PERSPECTIVES

    Liberal studies fires up social awareness among students

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 05:12pm by Perry Bayer

    ... but it is not such a relevant point today. As native English-speaking teachers (NETs), my colleagues and I have been privileged to witness the rise of liberal studies as a subject as part of the new secondary school ... of liberal studies and the arrival of elective topics under the new secondary school syllabus, our students have boosted their general knowledge a great deal. It could be argued that English lessons ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1590937/liberal-studies-fires-social-awareness-among-students
  10. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    News briefs

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 05:12pm by Linda Yeung

    ... Linda Yeung linda.yeung@scmp.com Secondary students invited to apply for foreign exchanges The global non-profit organisation AFS is recruiting secondary school students for exchange ... for applications is March 31, 2015. 'Imaginative' fine art works on show Australia's RMIT University and Hong Kong Art School are holding an exhibition, That Which Can Be Imagined, featuring ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1590939/news-briefs

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