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  1. Voucher scheme slashes kindergarten teachers' pay

    Posted May 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Staff at kindergartens that signed up for the government voucher scheme have suffered pay cuts in some cases of up to nine-tenths of their previous salaries, according to a teachers' union. The Professional Teachers' Union says the massive reduction in wages is linked to the capping of fees for the centres amid soaring costs and inflation. A kindergarten group says ...

  2. Kindergarten cash boost for parents

    Posted Jun 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Dennis Chong dennis.chong@scmp.com Parents getting help from a government voucher scheme to send their children to kindergarten will get an extra HK$2,000 a year, and the value ... too late to save struggling kindergartens from their financial woes. The changes, announced by the Education Bureau yesterday, result from the first revision of the scheme since its ...

  3. Kindergartens get competitive

    Posted May 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Andrea Li Parents in Hong Kong are raising their expectations of kindergartens, with a growing number seeking bilingual classes and preschools that can help their child pass interview ... on this criteria.' Kindergartens are responding to tougher primary school admission requirements in a number of ways, including the offer of dual-language programmes, starting at a younger age, adapting ...

  4. Kindergarten fees set to rise up to 20pc

    Posted Mar 19th 2010, 12:00am by Elaine Yau

    ... Elaine Yau Nearly half the city's kindergartens want to raise their fees for the next academic year, with the increases ranging from 2 per cent to 20 per cent. The principals cite rising rents, salaries and costs as the reason. The Education Bureau said yesterday 419 kindergartens, 46 per cent of the total, had applied to raise their fees for 2010-2011. The fees at 86 ...

  5. Kindergarten fee increase set, but rise in vouchers will ease sting

    Posted Aug 28th 2009, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip Tuition fees at more than 300 non-profit kindergartens will rise for the coming school year, but most parents need not fret because an increase in government voucher payments ... stopped paying their fees when classes ended. Among non-profit kindergartens in the government's voucher scheme, 370 were authorised by the bureau to raise their fees. A further 369 ...

  6. 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, ...

  7. Kindergarten help to be reviewed

    Posted Mar 28th 2009, 12:00am by Elaine Yau

    ... Elaine Yau The Education Bureau agreed yesterday to review the cap on the whole-day kindergarten voucher scheme for needy families. Undersecretary for Education Kenneth Chen Wei-on said the bureau understood that the subsidy's HK$25,400 cap limited the choice of kindergartens. 'We agree that we need to review the ceiling,' Mr Chen told a special meeting ...

  8. Poll finds big support for kindergarten voucher scheme

    Posted Jan 25th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Joshua But and Ng Kang-chung The controversial education voucher scheme aimed at subsidising early-childhood schooling appears to have won wide support from kindergartens and parents after ... education fully in the long run. The survey, conducted last October and November, polled 380 kindergarten headmasters, teachers and parents. Launched in the current school year, the scheme entitles ...

  9. Creative opens 'zero' fee kindergarten

    Posted Mar 10th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Donald Asprey Breakthrough Tsuen Wan school lowers tuition costs to HK$10,000 per year which will be covered by voucher scheme The city's first kindergarten to offer 'zero' tuition fees will open its doors to children in Tsuen Wan this September in response to the government's Pre-primary Education Voucher Scheme. The newly renovated Creative Kindergarten ...

  10. Kindergarten voucher demand misjudged

    Posted Aug 31st 2007, 12:00am by Colleen Lee

    ... Colleen Lee Fewer parents are making use of kindergarten vouchers than the government anticipated when it launched the scheme last year. In November, the then-Education and Manpower Bureau estimated 90 per cent of kindergarten pupils would benefit from the scheme subsidising tuition fees. An Education Bureau spokeswoman said yesterday some 140,000 pupils would attend kindergarten ...




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