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  1. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Elite English-medium schools cut more Form One places for next academic year

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 04:40am by Johnny Tam, SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... Tin, Tai Po, Sai Kung and Wong Tai Sin. A surplus of more than 7,000 Form One places is expected by the 2016-17 academic year. ... chairman of the Hong Kong Island School Heads Association, agreed. Most English-medium schools approved of the policy of assigning fewer pupils to each class because the principals and teachers had ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1474418/elite-english-medium-schools-cut-more-form-one-places-next-academic
  2. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Hong Kong parents say pushing children too hard doesn't work

    Posted Mar 30th 2014, 05:14am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... phenomenon, the parental imperative to make a child excel does seem more prevalent here- the city has almost 7,000 private tutoring centres, for example. In the final part of a South China Morning ... with one another, and when they see many families doing something, they follow, fearing they'll lose out. Fretting feeds a tutoring industry. The city has nearly 7,000 private tutoring ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1460601/hong-kong-parents-say-pushing-children-too-hard-doesnt-work
  3. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Teachers could strike over demand for smaller Form One classes

    Posted Mar 25th 2014, 03:47am by Johnny Tam and Shirley Zhao

    ... with the situation. By the 2016-17 academic year, a surplus of more than 7,000 Form One places is expected. A joint committee of secondary school councils and principals has asked the government to allow ... academic year, the teachers want smaller class sizes to prevent whole classes being axed or schools closing because they cannot meet an enrolment target of two Form One classes with at least 26 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1456418/teachers-could-strike-over-demand-smaller-form-one-classes
  4. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    More Form One classes to be axed this year, say education officials

    Posted Mar 19th 2014, 04:37am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... are confident [in dealing with the problem this year]." But a joint committee of secondary school councils and principals said the situation could get more serious over the years, estimating a surplus of more than 7,000 Form One places by the 2016-17 academic year. Yeung did not say whether he agreed with the joint committee's projection, but said the extent of the surplus depended ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1451883/more-form-one-classes-be-axed-year-say-education-officials
  5. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    English Schools Foundation parents call on Hong Kong chief executive to probe fee rises

    Posted Mar 28th 2014, 02:33pm by Shirley Zhao and Ng Kang-chung

    ... education in Hong Kong- had frozen out lower middle-class families. "There're only elite schools left in Hong Kong and nowhere for lower middle-class kids to go." Angie Lam, a member ... The Education Bureau said last year its annual subsidy of HK$283 million to the ESF would be phased out over 13 years from 2016. Greer said the real challenge was how to prepare for the loss ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1459197/parents-face-59-english-school-foundation-fee-hike
  6. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    What it takes to be the perfect Hong Kong pupil: Photoshop and HK$1,000

    Posted Mar 28th 2014, 03:28am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... Shirley Zhao shirley.zhao@scmp.com Our second report on the competition faced by Hong Kong students reveals how school application pictures are a new battleground Photoshop + HK$1,000 ... the children are not even a year old. Some cannot yet walk and have still to cut a first tooth. Popular playgroups can be picky, and some require interviews after shortlisting candidates. Yim's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1458730/photoshop-fight-place-best-schools
  7. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Parents petition government as minister refuses meetings over loss of kindergarten's premises

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 06:36pm by Johnny Tam and Shirley Zhao

    ... expressed concern over the incident. "The bureau has been in liaison with the kindergartens in Yuen Long, calling on them to decide on their class structure for the next academic year ... Johnny Tam and Shirley Zhao Parents granted an audience over preschool that faces closure, but it does little to reassure them Minister fails to calm parents' fears Parents of pupils ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1486032/parents-petition-government-minister-refuses-meetings-over-loss
  8. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Rwandan student in Hong Kong eyes hopeful future on 20th anniversary of genocide

    Posted Apr 06th 2014, 05:46am by Lana Lam

    ... for his generation to ensure such carnage never occurs again. Education, the reason he is in Hong Kong, is at the heart of the solution. "In Rwanda, we acknowledge that the genocide happened ... That's the message the government is trying to send, and we, as the youth, are getting the message." Numugabo moved to Hong Kong in 2012 after winning a full scholarship ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1465982/rwandan-student-hong-kong-eyes-hopeful-future-20th-anniversary
  9. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Number of Hong Kong students studying in England soars as parents lose faith in Diploma

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 04:02am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... were raised to £9,000 (HK$116,000) per year from £3,465 and immigration policies were tightened. Cyrus Lin Ka-fai, programme consultant of Hong Kong overseas study centre Education First, said ... for the surge in Hong Kong students could be the graduation of a "double cohort" after the first Diploma of Secondary Education exams in 2012. In that year, some students sat the new exam ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1464286/24pc-surge-hong-kong-students-studying-universities-england
  10. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Autistic children 'held back' by Hong Kong's rigid education system

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 03:35am by ADA LEE AND LO WEI

    ... for children with special needs aged up to six through NGOs and schools. But while the number of training places it offers increased from 5,884 in 2011 to 6,245 this year, the number of applicants on the waiting list rose from 5,518 to 6,738 in the same period. A further 832 places will be added in the coming financial year. And some organisations offering services for autistic children are having ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1462707/autistic-children-held-back-hong-kongs-rigid-education-system

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