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  1. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    International school ‘facing crisis’ in catering to Hong Kong’s expanding French community

    Posted Jun 15th 2014, 06:04pm by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... problem. Hong Kong is an expensive city." Laurent de Meyere, executive director of the school, says it is impossible to buy or rent a site for expansion because of high land prices ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1533363/french-international-school-facing-crisis-catering-hong-kongs
  2. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Tax-free status of Hong Kong’s international schools attacked

    Posted Jun 02nd 2014, 11:37pm by Shirley Zhao and Johnny Tam

    ... "a blanket tax exemption" to all schools, especially those too expensive to benefit most people. He also said a law was needed requiring charities to operate transparently. "Almost ... to define how charities should operate and how they should use money they raise. This might prevent expensive international schools that benefit only a few from registering as charities, he said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1524102/tax-free-status-hong-kongs-international-schools-attacked
  3. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Three governors quit ESF board over soaring school fees as subsidy is axed

    Posted May 21st 2014, 04:50am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... parents, who were not told about such expenses when applying for a place, should not be expected to pay for buildings for the future simply because the ESF and government neglected to ask ... who elected them, and ESF just treats parents as cash cows without thinking of cutting its own expenses to save money." An ESF spokeswoman said a long-term financial strategy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1516660/parents-quit-esf-board-over-plans-raise-cash-government-subsidy-goes
  4. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Technicians lose out in HK$90m classroom plan

    Posted May 08th 2014, 04:00am by Johnny Tam

    ... to Wi-fi services and other recurring expenses, including maintenance of IT devices. James Lam Yat-fung, chairman of the subsidised secondary schools council, said that on top of the HK$90 million ... would be enough to cover Wi-fi expenses in all schools." He also doubted if such subscriptions could help schools save on technicians' wages. "They still have computer rooms ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1506919/technicians-lose-out-hk90m-classroom-plan
  5. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Parents in Hong Kong struggling with rising cost of English-language education

    Posted Apr 21st 2014, 10:58am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... HK$283 million subsidy takes effect in 2016, ESF schools will become more expensive for middle-class expatriate families who are not too well-off. "The government's argument ... at taxpayers' expense," Chapman said. "Education Secretary Eddie Ng Hak-kim sent his two children to the Australian International School." The Education Bureau's website lists 83 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1493376/parents-hong-kong-struggle-rising-cost-english-language-education
  6. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

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

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

    ... of a three-year-old daughter attending Topkids, said that even though the more expensive Zenith had guaranteed that it would admit all Topkids pupils, she did not want to send her child there. "There ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1469769/parents-stage-sit-save-ousted-tin-shui-wai-kindergarten
  7. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Hong Kong child prodigy, age 5, passes 11 international dance exams in one day

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 03:51am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... Previously a merchandiser, Lam quit her job to focus on her daughter's education as her homework load increased. Pearl studies at one of the city's most expensive international schools, Yew ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1458073/hong-kong-child-prodigy-has-passed-11-international-dance-exams-one
  8. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Should Hong Kong learn from Singapore in subsidising private preschools?

    Posted Mar 17th 2014, 12:00pm by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... for playgroups to HK$9,700 for nursery and kindergarten classes- making it one of the city's most expensive half-day kindergartens. EtonHouse, which is not related to the British boarding school ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1450623/hong-kong-should-follow-singapore-subsidising-private-preschool-says
  9. News - World - EDUCATION

    US SAT college entrance exam to make writing essay optional

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 09:17pm by NYT

    ... with what students learn in high school and to get away from any advantages they may gain from expensive private tutoring. The main SAT will be condensed to two sections from the current three, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1441995/us-sat-college-entrance-exam-make-writing-essay-optional
  10. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Education woe for asylum seekers

    Posted Feb 05th 2014, 04:04am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... books, transport and other expenses. Asylum seekers, who can wait for a decade or more in Hong Kong, want government help. "We've been borrowing from other people," said Sian, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1420888/education-woe-asylum-seekers

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