Compulsory Education

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.

Monday, 30 July, 2012, 12:00am

Open options

For the thousands of parents trying but failing to get a spot for their child at an English-speaking school this year, here's a thought. Let's turn lemons into lemonade.

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Gimme a break

Education reforms and drug abuse at school are not the only things bothering teachers these days. Parents are causing more than their fair share of headaches.

They bother teachers at all hours, holiday or term time, with all sorts of unreasonable and annoying requests, earning them the nickname 'Monster Parents'.

16 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

'No plans' for 12 years of compulsory schooling

The Ministry of Education dismissed suggestions yesterday that the nation would extend compulsory education from nine years to 12 as part of sweeping reforms of the system.

2 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Provinces to carry burden of free education

Provincial, not county, governments must bear the cost of the free rural education programme under an amended bill presented to lawmakers yesterday at the start of a four-day session, Xinhua reported.

Under the plan, rural students would be exempt from all tuition and miscellaneous fees, including costs for books, winter heat and transport.

26 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Home schooling replaces the classroom

Unlike most mainland students his age, Dalian teenager Zhu Yuchen has not spent the summer cramming for the national university entrance exam.

27 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Council orders reform drive

China is to step up reforms in basic education and enforce its compulsory education laws, Xinhua has reported.

In laying down the order, the State Council admitted that the standard of the country's basic education remained low, and reforms and further development in that area were needed as a matter of strategic importance.

23 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

Schooling hailed as social glue

Basic education is the cornerstone of national unity, social cohesion and citizenship, delegates heard at a conference on educational research.

Academics at the 14th annual conference of the Hong Kong Educational Research Association, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, stressed the significance of compulsory education.

29 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Mixed-language teaching bad for students

I read with great interest the letter written by Y. L. So, principal of Pooi To Middle School (South China Morning Post, December 28).

10 Mar 1997 - 12:00am

School review

THE duration of nine-year compulsory education and whether it is appropriate for schools to expel students is to be reviewed. The Board of Education has set up two groups to look into compulsory education, assessment and allocation of places.

12 May 1995 - 12:00am

English attainment test urged

SOME members of the Board of Education want English to be made part of the Primary Six attainment tests to raise students' language ability.

The members argue that the absence of such a test has resulted in the deterioration of language ability among students who are not motivated to study hard.

17 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

School system set for review

THE compulsory education system is to be reviewed, according to the chairman of the Education Commission.

Professor Rosie Young Tse-tse, after a commission meeting yesterday, said members had agreed a thorough review of the nine years of compulsory education, implemented in 1978, would be timely.

But she refused to comment on how the system should change.

27 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

Mother-tongue teaching essential

I UNDERSTAND that the controversial subject of the medium of instruction has been debated again recently, in response to the commencement of streaming this September, and also because of the decision of the Catholic Diocese to make the medium of instruction of the first three years of secondary education in some of their schools, in the mother tongue. I would like to join in the debate.

17 Jun 1994 - 12:00am

Six-year target to eliminate illiteracy

CHINA is drafting a set of laws for a nine-year compulsory education system to help eliminate illiteracy by the year 2000, according to senior education officials.

Vice-Minister of Education, Liu Bin, said yesterday the new legislation would provide a legal guarantee of public facilities in the compulsory education system.

14 Mar 1994 - 12:00am