Students launch Occupy camp against controversial national education lessons

Student activists plan to camp outside the government's headquarters in Admiralty to pressure the authorities into scrapping national education lessons.

Thursday, 30 August, 2012, 3:36am

Departing exam chief George Pook's plea to parents on education reforms

Dr George Pook, who is leaving his role as examinations chief.

Parents and students must stop seeing a university place as the only route to success if reforms to the city's education system are to succeed, a key architect of the new Diploma of Secondary Education said as he prepares to leave Hong Kong.

20 Aug 2012 - 5:32am

Special-needs pupil relishes 'more relevant' system

No one got a prized 5** grade, but the atmosphere at the Red Cross John F. Kennedy Centre was nonetheless jubilant yesterday as pupils with disabilities learnt of how they performed in the first HKDSE exams.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Liberal studies makes the grade

Pupils' dread gave way to the exhilaration of examination officials yesterday after results showed more than nine out of 10 who took the new and much-criticised liberal studies exam got passing scores.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Exam pressure is still on, says survey

A decade of education reform was intended to change the ingrained mindset that put exam success above all else - but a study shows that the first batch of pupils to take the Diploma of Secondary Education exams are still feeling crushing pressure.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Sex a taboo topic at home

A survey on teenagers' sexual knowledge found that they seldom discuss the topic with their parents.

The Family Planning Association of Hong Kong (FPAHK) surveyed 3,775 students from Form One to Form Seven between last October and January. Results show that teenagers get their knowledge about sexuality mostly from schools, peers and the media.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Why the feeling's mutual

I have been involved in teaching part of a master's degree programme in family education and family counselling for the past eight years. When students finish the programme, they have a 'family perspective', which makes a difference in their approach to working with families.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Teens should start to value morality again

Sexuality is hardly taboo in the 21st century. Teenagers talk about it openly at school. Researchers look into it widely in studies. Reality shows use it frequently to lure more viewers.

When did casual discussion of sex-related topics become another routine part of our daily lives? I think it's sad.

31 May 2012 - 12:00am

Silence falls as pupils start city's last A-levels

Around 40,000 secondary school pupils converged on examination halls across the city yesterday, as the final round of the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination got under way.

They will be the last batch of pupils to take the A-level exams before the city switches next year to the Hong Kong Diploma for Secondary Education exams for entrance into local universities.

24 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Pupils' exams could start earlier, take longer in 2013

School pupils could find themselves starting examinations earlier in the year and sitting almost six hours of vital tests in a single day as part of a drive to produce results earlier and give universities more time to process applications for places.

7 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Talk on the wild side

How do you teach children about the birds and the bees in the digital age? Touchscreens mounted on the walls of the Family Planning Association's mobile classroom point to changing approaches. Housed in a converted truck, the facility is now equipped with tablet PCs and gaming devices instead of shelves of books and videos.

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Costly exams put equality to the test

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 well as a widening range of institutional supports and safeguards. But there is no room for complacency.

18 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

University places no longer assured

Attending an elite secondary school will no longer be a guarantee of a university place, teachers warn.

As more pupils sit the new Diploma of Secondary Education, schools that have in the past enjoyed a university admission rate of close to 100 per cent say they expect to have to answer to parents disappointed when their children miss out.

11 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Teenage access to alcohol too easy

Hong Kong makes plain to teenagers that taking drugs is unacceptable through random testing in some high schools and public campaigns. The message that smoking is harmful is sent out clearly through the restriction on the sale of cigarettes to those aged 18 and over and the high taxes levied on them.

5 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Exodus over exams is overreaction

Few people look back with fondness on the Certificate of Education Examination, which spelled exam hell for generations of secondary school seniors.

Now, the old exam is to be replaced by the new Diploma of Secondary Education examination, and anxiety has followed. Anecdotal evidence suggests more parents are sending their children to study overseas, to avoid the new exam.

2 Nov 2011 - 12:00am