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

Learning curve

Question: Why are cram schools - which intensively prepare youngsters for prestigious junior high schools' entrance exams - flourishing again, even though there are fewer children in Japan and parents are still suffering economic malaise?

Answer: Because of Japan's new education policy which promotes a 'lighter' curriculum for students aged six to 15.

3 May 2003 - 12:00am

Tutorials may tip the balance

It is no longer considered shameful for students to attend tutorial classes when they make up their minds that they must seek extra help with their studies.

Tuition centres seem to many families to be the most efficient way to ensure students attain good grades.

29 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Exams blight development

There are many examinations in Hong Kong. When students are in primary school, they take about four examinations a year. At secondary level, the situation becomes worse. Students have to take the HKCEE and A-levels if they want to study at university.

18 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Do or die exam system out of date

It has been a tradition in Chinese culture that those candidates seeking to join the elite of the civil service, would have to sit examinations.

This tradition persists in Hong Kong. Students here are trained to strive for excellence through exams, so they can get to better schools and eventually find better jobs.

11 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Study simply a business deal

More students these days decide to attend tutorial classes outside of school.

Why are they doing this and what are the advantages? Firstly, tutorial colleges have excellent facilities.

There is a big screen in front of a 'classroom' which holds more than 100 students.

16 Dec 1997 - 12:00am