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  1. letters

    Posted Nov 11th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Simon Ko Chin-hung, Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School Minimum wages will hurt lowest earners The hourly minimum-wage rate of $28-$30 can lead to a comfortable monthly income for low-income ... rich and poor by raising the bottom line for the low-income group. However, unskilled workers are bound to suffer because companies may be less willing to hire them at all for higher salaries. ...

  2. Rehab students 'from low-income families'

    Posted Aug 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong The family income of 80 per cent of students at a drug rehabilitation college- where 90 per cent of the students have their fees paid by public assistance- is under HK$15,000, ... into these cases and found that the family income of 80 per cent of these students is under HK$15,000 a month. They really would have difficulty paying the fee,' Mr Nip said. A department spokesman ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    John Tsang lacks budgetary vision for better education in Hong Kong

    Posted Mar 17th 2013, 12:00am by Regina Ip

    ... surpluses by siphoning them off to one-off funds or handing them out as tax rebates or public housing rental waivers, and so on. The handouts have become so mechanical, always favouring the same groups of tax- and rates payers, recipients of social security and public housing tenants, that they have become a privileged class. Is there no smarter way of drawing up our budgets which helps ...

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    Liberal studies teachers must beware danger of tying grades to politics

    Posted Apr 17th 2013, 12:00am by Kelly Yang

    ... no right to abode. Most were well written. Many made strong points, like helpers do not pay income tax, but also included assertions like helpers could not contribute much to Hong Kong society. ...

  5. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, February 2, 2013

    Posted Feb 02nd 2013, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... be made more so by lowering the income tax rate. The government should seriously contemplate this source of revenue, instead of burdening middle-class people with onerous taxation. Kristiaan ...   Tax dividends to solve budget conundrum I refer to the letter by Stephanie Mo ("Raise old age allowance to HK$5,000", January 31). There may be a case for increasing the allowance ...

  6. Creative use of public buildings can help low-income groups

    Posted Feb 18th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I refer to the letter by Stefan Lam ('Use empty schools at night to benefit the whole community', February 13). This would be a practical and timely way of improving the quality of life of Hong Kong people in a city where there is a shortage of space and recreational activities. This problem is especially acute among low-income groups. The fees charged by the Leisure ...

  7. Should the government subsidise students from low-income families to participate in extra-curricular activities?

    Posted Dec 18th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Shruti Srinivasan, 17, Delia School of Canada I think the government should help students from low-income families do the things most of us take for granted. Many of these students have ... The government should provide funds to schools which in turn can buy the equipment for students from low-income families. This way, more students will have the chance to take part in extra-curricular ...

  8. Youths from low-income families perform worse in well-being test

    Posted Nov 24th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Territories, according to Mark Li Kin-yin, assistant professor of social work at Baptist University. He dismissed family income as a significant factor. Statistics showed that personal well-being ...

  9. The taxing cost of an elite education

    Posted Apr 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com The Harrow International School in Hong Kong is not open until September and parents are already fighting over who can pay the most to get their children into this august institution. Wait a minute, it's not the same as the h ...

  10. What about all these fees, asks low-income family

    Posted Oct 11th 2007, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam A low-income family said the three-year extension to free education would fail to ease their burden, as they would still face paying a variety of school fees. Notices posted ... said that considering the income level of her family, her sons would be able to enjoy full fees remission under the present system, which requires Form Four and Form Five students to pay ...




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