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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong's education fails the language test

    Posted Nov 12th 2012, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Education fails language test The problems facing Hong Kong pupils are closely tied to the education and social environment in which they have been brought up. For decades, a spoon-fed culture and oppressive examination system are said to have made them more adapted to rote learning than critical thinking. Separately, their language proficiency in English and Chinese ...

  2. Passport pretenders fail their test

    Posted Feb 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Joyce Man joyce.hyman@scmp.com Three mainland university students who tried to sit an English-language test for others were jailed for 10 months yesterday- not for trying to cheat ... They were caught on Saturday at the Lai King Assessment Centre in Kwai Chung during a Test of English as a Foreign Language exam (Toefl). The court heard that a supervisor became suspicious when he ...

  3. Costly exams put equality to the test

    Posted Feb 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Hong Kong likes to think of itself as a place with equal opportunities for all, regardless of age, race, religion, disability and sexual orientation. Over the years, the city has come a long way towards that goal, thanks to growing public awareness, as we ...

  4. Tested to the limit

    Posted Dec 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... is a painful process,' Lee said. 'Some projects done for different subjects duplicate the abilities tested. There should be an integrated assessment instead of having projects for different ...

  5. Envelopes await final A-level pupils

    Posted Jun 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... says those considering a retake and wanting to attend extra classes will have to look to a private school, as public ones will have switched fully to the new diploma curriculum. Test run ...

  6. Final bow for that exam

    Posted Jun 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Christy Li and Gabrielle Chan Good luck to the 41,000 candidates who will be receiving their Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) results today. This year marks the end of an era in the history of Hong Kong education- the final HKALE, better known ...

  7. Exams authority lowering the benchmark on English tests

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

    ... I was astonished to read about the 'new' and 'better' marking system that has been introduced for the Hong Kong Certificate of Education English and Chinese exams ('Confusion over new grading system', August 8). Grammar, whic ...

  8. Teachers fail to make the grade in language tests

    Posted Dec 19th 2003, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... Polly Hui Nearly 70 per cent of the 1,930 teachers who sat the latest English benchmark test failed the writing paper. The results underscore concerns about the standard of language education in Hong Kong. The English-language teachers also fared worse in the listening and speaking part of the latest test, held in September, than those who took the last test in March. ...

  9. Dubious English test

    Posted Dec 31st 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The pass rate of the language proficiency assessment for teachers, formerly known as the benchmark assessment, has been below 30 per cent since the test's institution in 2001 ('Teachers fail to make the grade in language tests', December 19). So many teachers have failed simply because the standard set for proficiency has been pitched unrealistically high. ...

  10. Firms find a new engine for growth

    Posted May 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... 2007, the birth rate has steadily undergone a rebound.' The HKDSE has replaced the A-level exams as a university entrance test. Up to 80 per cent of secondary school pupils have attended ...




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