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  1. Learning on the IB 'through train'

    Posted Nov 20th 2010, 12:00am by Michael Taylor

    ... inquiry-based learning and problem solving, and wider use of the International Baccalaureate (IB), which offers three programmes for students aged three to 19, reflects this. Originally targeted at international schools around the world in a bid to offer a consistent global yardstick against which universities could evaluate potential students, IB has been gaining favour in state-funded schools ...

  2. Lifestyle - Health

    Stress and depression can bring on irritable bowel syndrome

    Posted May 27th 2014, 10:26am by DR RAY NG

    ... Dr Ray Ng life@scmp.com Diet and lifestyle can help- it's alimentary Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is an illness many have heard about, but is still poorly understood. The chronic, ... studies based in Hong Kong, the prevalence of IBS was found to vary between 3.7 per cent and 6.6 per cent, according to a review published in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics in 2005 ...

  3. Lifestyle - Family & Education - EDUCATION

    Variety proves spice of learning life

    Posted Jun 10th 2013, 12:00am by Wong Yat-Hei

    ... Wong Yat-hei Local students embrace studying the IB programme because it offers them writing training, a common task at university, as the curriculum requires them to compose a 4,000-word extended essay. Stephanie Wu, a Form Five IB student at St. Paul's Co-educational College, appreciates the training. "I plan to study at an overseas university. The IB curriculum ...

  4. IB 'scuppering' entry to top UK universities

    Posted Feb 28th 2009, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... across four secondary schools will take the diploma for the first time this summer after the English Schools Foundation switched to the IB from A-levels two years ago. Parents claim the move has ... by Britain's university entrance system, UCAS, set a score of 360 for three A-levels- the typical minimum for popular degrees at top universities- equivalent to about 28 points in the IB. Yet parents ...

  5. ESF hails success in switch to IB diploma

    Posted Sep 01st 2009, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... transition to the IB has been successful, but that doesn't mean that it hasn't been challenging. I think our students have done very well indeed. We are pleased with the results. Clearly, the IB diploma, as we have always known, is a more demanding qualification than A-levels.' She said analysis suggested that the percentage of pupils getting six or seven points across all ...

  6. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    The pros and cons of taking a gap year

    Posted Nov 10th 2014, 10:56am by Karmel Schreyer

    ... leavers are considering a sabbatical or gap year. It can be a welcome breather, and a chance to recover from the rigours of the two-year IB diploma programme or IGCSE exams. But it's also ... something they have been itching to do, but were swamped by A-levels or IB diploma work to fit in, can benefit, for instance." "Students and their families need to think carefully about ...

  7. IB doesn't suit everyone, new HKEAA exams director says

    Posted Nov 29th 2008, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... passes its English language test, and has been criticised by parents as too demanding for some students, with a heavier workload than A-levels and a lack of options. The IB programme is part of a four-pathway ESF Diploma that also includes a vocationally-oriented Advanced Diploma in which students at different schools are offered a range or mix of vocational A-levels, BTech diplomas and IB ...

  8. IB options, but no U-turn

    Posted Oct 25th 2008, 12:00am by Liz Heron, Steve Cray

    ... to A-levels. ESF chief executive Heather Du Quesnay was speaking in the wake of parents' criticisms that the IB was not suitable for all pupils and there was a lack of academic options. One parent ... to pass the language component. I don't have any choice,' she said. Pupils have to score at least 24 points and pass all six subjects to gain the IB diploma. Another parent, whose son ...

  9. Canadian International in IB switch

    Posted May 13th 2006, 12:00am by Katherine Forestier

    ... The Aberdeen school will be the first established school in Hong Kong to switch to the IB for all year groups, by implementing its Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma programmes over a four-year period beginning this August. Principal Dave McMaster said the IB Diploma, taken in Grades 11 and 12, would merge with the Ontario curriculum. Students would still meet the Canadian graduation ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Is this the wild and wacky world of investment banking in Hong Kong?

    Posted Nov 06th 2014, 05:21am by Alex Lo

    ... bankers. "There is a significant difference in the type of work performed and the work-life balance between real investment bankers and the other employees in the IB division," the person ...




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