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Cram School

Cram schools should be accepted as part of daily life

The new Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) examination has just finished, so the peak season for tutoring centres is over.

Thursday, 10 May, 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


Treat lab animals with humanity

Animals are widely used for scientific research, but is this moral?

Creatures are cut open and injected with chemicals as scientists experiment on new medicine. Millions of non-human lives have been taken because of human selfishness.

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

The lesson that all parents need to learn

Children need to know there is life outside the classroom. Playing, exploring, making friends and developing new hobbies should be as important as schoolwork. But in our scholastic-obsessed culture, school study takes up a disproportionate share of a young person's life.

26 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Language-skills gap breeds class division

Exactly 10 years ago today, this newspaper carried a story by a young reporter called Shirley Kwok. She looked forward a decade and imagined a Hong Kong where education had gone through big reforms and primary-school pupils 'all speak fluently with their teachers in both English and Putonghua'.

30 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

The high cost of our 'free' education

Whenever there is market inefficiency, there is someone ready to exploit it. That's how all capitalist markets work. Our supposedly 'free' public education is such a glaring example of inefficiency that it has made many people rich.

6 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

The work ethic

The media loves turning the spotlight on the high-achievers in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination at this time of year. And, over recent years, a flock of government officials and celebrities has regularly spoken out in public, sharing their past experiences and saying that exams are not everything; students with poor results can still be successful.

11 Aug 2007 - 12:00am


Q Should phones and PDAs be banned from exams?

As a high school teacher of English and other languages for more than 40 years, I must say that the current English exam scam is really down to the poor setting of exam questions. Cheating has always been around, and with new technology will only increase.

11 May 2006 - 12:00am

Tongue tied

The stories about South Korean kids having tongue surgery to help them speak perfect, unaccented English reflect the dark side of South Korean parents' zeal for their children's education.

24 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Schools of thought

A storm is brewing in Taiwan between the operators of after-hours cram schools and reform-minded parent groups, with each claiming to represent students' best interests.

14 Aug 2003 - 12:00am