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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. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. News - Hong Kong

    Hong Kong parents seek alternatives to local schools

    Posted Nov 13th 2012, 12:00am by Linda Yeung

    ... of this year's intake for the three-year degree programme at Polytechnic University's popular Design School were non-Jupas graduates- admitted on the basis of aptitude tests and interviews. ...

  8. Comment - Letters

    University banding system failing students

    Posted Oct 10th 2012, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... programme in university A, but he worried that his Diploma of Secondary Education test result would not be good enough, so he eventually put university A only in band B. Alice was more gung-ho ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Chinese talk appeals

    Posted May 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... students now learning Putonghua and English, and in some cases other languages, the ESF has developed the IGCSE Chinese as a Second Language test for Cambridge International Examinations, aimed at Year 11 students. It has both oral and written components. Samples of the oral tests held earlier have been sent to Cambridge for moderation, while the written test, focusing on daily use ...




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