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  1. Second motion to seek review of kindergarten voucher programme

    Posted Jun 05th 2009, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... Liz Heron A second motion calling for an immediate review of the kindergarten voucher scheme will be put to the Legislative Council's education panel on Wednesday. The motion put ... Secretary for Education Michael Suen Ming-yeung at the March meeting said that the bureau would see what it could do to help children from low-income families and whole-day kindergartens. However, ...

  2. Push for review of kindergarten vouchers

    Posted Mar 21st 2009, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... Liz Heron Legislators have passed a motion demanding an immediate review of the kindergarten voucher scheme after hearing a catalogue of complaints about its operation from principals and teachers. A total of 30 delegations from the kindergarten sector spoke out about their problems at a special meeting of the Legislative Council's education panel yesterday to review ...

  3. Parents remove child from school

    Posted Nov 06th 2009, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... as Miss Monika, at 6pm on Wednesday. 'She rang me and asked me not to take my daughter to school on Thursday and Friday because there would be an inspection of the kindergarten section,' Mrs Jungk said. 'She said there had been an inspection of the section for the younger children on Tuesday, and the kindergarten was to be inspected on Thursday and Friday. 'I ...

  4. Pre-school system faces $550m overhaul

    Posted Mar 19th 2005, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... Liz Heron Proposals will bring the kindergarten and childcare sectors under one umbrella Whole-day nurseries will be forced to cut hours or increase fees under plans to merge the kindergarten and childcare sectors, educators have warned. The government is bringing a $550 million package of reforms before the Legislative Council next month that aims to introduce a unified ...

  5. Teachers to protest over vouchers

    Posted May 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... Liz Heron Kindergarten teachers are planning to take to the streets on Sunday to renew their demands for an immediate review of the government's voucher scheme. The Professional ... up to the Central Government Offices in Lower Albert Road and present a petition signed by 6,000 kindergarten teachers demanding four changes to the scheme. These are a review of the funding ...

  6. Inequities cast cloud on voucher scheme

    Posted May 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... difference in fees is the result of changes the government made to the fee remission scheme for needy families when it launched kindergarten vouchers in 2007. Children such as Thomas, whose subsidies ... three to six was intended to make preschool education available for all, boost the quality of kindergarten education and give choice to parents. All children aged three to six can apply ...

  7. Panel unanimous in call for axing of needs test

    Posted Apr 11th 2006, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... education panel voted unanimously at a meeting yesterday in favour of abolishing the social needs test, which was introduced into the kindergarten sector when it was merged with the childcare centre ... previously applied only to kindergartens. Child care was previously on a sliding scale with no pre-set ceiling. Social welfare legislator Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung said: 'I think we all agree ...

  8. Buck-passing by officials on school operating illegally

    Posted Nov 04th 2009, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... the school that it was not allowed to operate at the new premises because it was not correctly registered. The school, which offers a 'learning creche' and kindergarten, has been operating ... Department has looked into this case and come to the conclusion that the EDB should deal with it because it is a kindergarten cum child-care centre.' The understanding between the agencies ...

  9. Schools dialogue could be extended

    Posted Mar 15th 2005, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... children in part-time childcare will be eligible for fee assistance under plans to merge the kindergarten and childcare sectors from September. The plans, which go before Legco's Finance Committee next month, will place child-care centres under the same funding regime as kindergartens. ...

  10. School roll-calls confirm worst fears

    Posted Jan 04th 2005, 12:00am by Liz Heron, May Chan

    ... Four at Pui Ching Primary School; and brothers Cheng Tin-yee, five, and Cheng Tin-ho, three, from Victoria (South Horizons) International Kindergarten, were all confirmed by their schools ... pupil and her family on the several boards at the school. Prayer sessions were also held. Maggie Koong, principal of the Victoria (South Horizons) International Kindergarten, said the school had ...




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