Alternative Education

Levelling the tutorial playing field for pupils struggling to pay for studies

Chris Fung (left) and Jason Leung founded Defind to help pressured students. Photo: Dickson Lee

Chris Fung Hong-way is trying to do his bit to help students also from Hong Kong struggling with their studies.

Monday, 25 March, 2013, 9:59am

Alternative education in Hong Kong

Children get plenty of play at Garden House School in Clear Water Bay. Photo: Dickson Lee

Worries that the emphasis on grades and tests in mainstream education may be hurting youngsters' overall development and happiness, a small but growing number of parents have sought alternative kindergartens for their children.

27 Jan 2013 - 3:18pm 1 comment

Field Trip: Reading and the rules of the road

Tilly (left) and Sam in Australia with the fish the seagull didn't plunder.

It all seemed so simple in theory: travel to some of the most beautiful parts of the world and home-school the children along the way. A few hours teaching in the morning could be followed by whole days of outdoor enjoyment. What could be nicer?

30 Sep 2012 - 11:29am

Home-schooling on the mainland

Home-schooling on the mainland

One week after Zhang Qiaofeng launches the school that he runs from home, he hosts an open day. A dozen families turn up with their children at his rented flat in Beijing's northern suburbs. The visitors include Zhang Wujun, his wife and their seven-year-old son Yuyang. They took a train all the way from Qinhuangdao, a port city 420 kilometres away, to be here.

30 Sep 2012 - 11:35am

Home-schooling American kids in a Chinese village

Home-schooling American kids in a Chinese village

Home-schooling children is a tough challenge, even with a support group in the neighbourhood and the help of internet resources.

American doctors Bill and Ana Moody made it even harder by moving to an out-of-the-way Chinese village where, despite the many obstacles, they successfully home-schooled their sons.

19 Aug 2012 - 6:29pm

Parents turn up heat on national education

A parents' concern group seeking to delay the introduction of national-education lessons in schools is urging supporters to write to their children's schools to voice their opposition.

It also hopes they will write to the schools they attended as children.

27 Aug 2012 - 9:12pm

Getting down to business

Five junior reporters received scholarships from the Richard Ivey School of Business Asia to join its summer business programme last month.

They all agreed it was a fun-filled, eye-opening experience. Here they tell you why they liked it and what they learned.

Gabriel Yiu

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm

Thinking outside the box

For nine-year-old Shenzhen boy Cao Hua, school classes start at 3pm sharp - when his father, Cao Yingqiu, a professional investor, finishes monitoring the mainland's stock market online. Earlier in the day, Hua reads books and does his homework. He also takes lessons outside in chess, fencing and piano - all his own choices.

30 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

University plans course on tree climbing

A top university plans to offer a course on tree climbing, in an attempt to teach students survival skills, after the chancellor was inspired by similar courses at universities in the United States.

25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


Rattan handicrafts need preserving

My schoolmates and I have joined the Youth Leadership Development Programme organised by the YMCA.

We decided to study making handicrafts from rattan. This traditional art form is disappearing and we want to raise awareness of it among teenagers. We hope to preserve this fine local tradition.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Exceptional problems

When Anne Damrall's elder son was two years old, he was returning from a trip to the beach with his father when he said: 'You know, Daddy, I think the world is made up of numbers and letters.'

'That's what he told my husband,' said mother-of-two Damrall. 'We were a bit dumbfounded. But we didn't think much more about it, he was our first child.'

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Choice is child's play

How do you choose the right kindergarten for your child? For early childhood education expert Dr Doris Cheng Pui-wah, the criteria for a good kindergarten rest on whether or not it lets children play freely.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Free from fear

A large part of preparing your children to take charge and craft their own destiny involves enrolling them in the right school. As such, many parents are now looking beyond class sizes, academic scores, and facilities.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Tomorrow's tongues

In a globalised world where countries are interdependent, those looking to land themselves in a leadership role would be well advised to master their understanding of the dialects of the future, be they human languages or the increasingly ubiquitous forms of digital communication.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Facts at our fingertips


Non-profit organisations will need to spend millions of dollars before they qualify for a new Hong Kong government subsidy, an expert on electronic learning says. The HK$50million grant has been proposed to develop high-quality digital textbooks for schools.

24 May 2012 - 12:00am