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  1. News - Hong Kong

    Ninety per cent of parent support subsidised kindergarten: survey

    Posted Apr 18th 2013, 09:29pm by Johnny Tam

    ... Johnny Tam johnny.tam@scmp.com More than 90 per cent of pre-primary parents support full government subsidisation of kindergarten education, but no consensus has been reached on how this could be achieved, a survey found. The survey – conducted by the Hong Kong Institute of Education – polled 29 kindergarten principals, 332 early education teachers and 2,343 parents from 30 ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Parents at ousted kindergarten reject offer of places at replacement

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 06:21am by SAMUEL CHAN

    ... Samuel Chan samuel.chan@scmp.com Topkids parents reject offer of places Parents of pupils at a Tin Shui Wai kindergarten that lost its campus to a rival have dismissed a government offer ... should have?" Zenith, which also runs the only other kindergarten at Kingswood Villas, has offered Topkids parents a slight reduction in school fees and an 85 per cent discount ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Tin Shui Wai kindergarten's ousting shows market failure, lobby group says

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 05:08am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... Shirley Zhao shirley.zhao@scmp.com Lobbyist says Tin Shui Wai closure row indicates need for free preschools Kindergarten ousting shows 'flaws in system' The debacle over a Tin Shui Wai preschool which was ousted from its campus by a rival shows the market-driven system is detrimental to early childhood education, an advocacy group for free kindergartens says. ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Kindergartens will remain at mercy of free market while they are privately run

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 03:57am by SCMP Editorial

    ... or being priced out of the market. But when an established kindergarten suffers the same fate, it says volumes about the oddities of our education system. The preschool inside Kingswood Villas in Tin Shui Wai is the latest victim of cut-throat competition. Despite offering to pay nearly double its current rent of about HK$260,000 a month, it was outbid by a rival kindergarten chain. ...

  5. News - China - CRIME

    Police arrest woman who killed 2 kindergarten students with poisoned pizza rolls

    Posted Apr 10th 2014, 06:17pm by Alice Yan

    ... Alice Yan ting.yan@scmp.com A woman who fed kindergarteners poison-laced snacks, leaving two children dead, has been detained by police in Yunnan province. Zhao Jianzhi, 44, confessed to police in Qiubei county that she deposited a small bag of Pizza Rolls, tainted with rat poison, into a classroom of napping four- to five-year-olds at Jiajia Kindergarten on March 19. When ...

  6. News - Hong Kong

    Call for government to aid not-for-profit kindergarten operators

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 12:06pm

    ... to not-for-profit kindergarten operators after a Tin Shui Wai school was priced out from its campus by a rival chain. “In future, more kindergartens should be allowed to run on government land so ... which operates the only other kindergarten in the private housing estate. It is not clear how much Zenith has agreed to pay for the premises. Mary Tong Siu-fun, president of the Hong Kong ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Parents stage sit-in to save ousted Tin Shui Wai kindergarten

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 05:12am by Johnny Tam

    ... Johnny Tam johnny.tam@scmp.com Plea to government to save Tin Shui Wai kindergarten, although rival that will take over campus promises to admit all the children Preschool parents' quiet fury at closure Hundreds of parents of pupils at a Tin Shui Wai kindergarten that has been priced out of its premises by a rival chain stood in silence for five minutes last night ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Alert over preschool fee rises at border after kindergarten loses lease

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 04:05am by Johnny Tam

    ... Johnny Tam johnny.tam@scmp.com Parents and operators sound the alarm after a Tin Shui Wai kindergarten fails to renew its lease despite an offer to almost double its rent Alert over preschool fee rises at border Kindergartens in the city's border districts are facing concerns that keen competition to set up shop catering to mainland pupils may drive up tuition fees after ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    'Guanxi' crucial in kindergartens' forays into mainland China

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 11:14am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... the group started the city's first branch in Tai Tam in January. But before Hong Kong, the group had set up 11 kindergartens across the mainland, starting out in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, ... of efficiency and transparency. Ng related the story of another Singapore-based kindergarten that failed in its efforts to expand to mainland China. The kindergarten was asked by the local mayor ...

  10. News - China - EDUCATION

    Kindergarten drug scandal leads to calls for overhaul of regulations

    Posted Mar 30th 2014, 05:51am by WU NAN

    ... that kindergartens gave prescription drugs to pupils without parents' consent have led to calls for the laws governing them to be tightened. It is alleged the drugs were administered to ensure high ... out of date and in need of an overhaul. "How could kindergartens as children's guardians trade their health for money? The government should establish strict rules to prevent ...




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