Cynthia Wan

Beijingers opt for leisurely breaks

Beijingers holidaying overseas are opting for more leisurely itineraries and thinking twice before splashing out on souvenirs.

Tuesday, 2 May, 2006, 12:00am

Shenzhen applies the brakes to its runaway property market

Shenzhen is introducing a series of measures to curb surging property prices, including raising the deposit requirement to up to 40 per cent of the value of the property.

Industry insiders say prices rose more than 20 per cent in the first quarter.

25 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Supplier of golden thread spins Cleopatra beauty yarn

A beauty treatment allegedly used by Egyptian queen Cleopatra to preserve her youthful looks is being offered by parlours on the mainland with less than golden results, a CCTV report said last night.

3 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

3,000 students denied right to preferred schools

About 3,000 students were discriminated against in the secondary school allocation system, the Education Department has found.

A department exercise to redress the discrimination was prompted by a High Court ruling last month that said the 23-year-old practice of ranking boys and girls separately to take account of boys' later development was biased.

28 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

School places complaints flood in

The number of parents protesting about the allocation of secondary school places soared yesterday as the Education Department was flooded with more than 1,400 calls.

More than 2,200 inquiries have been received by a hotline set up on Tuesday to answer questions about the appeal mechanism created after a High Court ruling.

19 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Teachers back allocation system that favours boys

Teaching professionals last night spoke out in favour of the present system of allocating secondary school places, saying boys were at a disadvantage and the inequality had to be remedied.

They were speaking after a High Court judged ruled the Education Department's system was biased against girls.

23 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

Wrong arm of the law

Police officers seemed uncertain whether to arrest a human rights activist who demonstrated outside the Harbour Plaza hotel in Hunghom, where Mr Jiang is staying.

9 May 2001 - 12:00am

Teachers 'frustrated' by few opportunities

Most teachers are disillusioned by what they feel are not enough opportunities for promotion, a survey has found.

Designed to gauge teachers' expectations and the pressures they face, the survey by two academics for RTHK covers 465 secondary and 280 primary schools.

19 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

Nearly half still prefer exams

Almost half of education workers are against using assessment of performance in school rather than public examinations to decide which school pupils should be allocated, a survey has shown.

7 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Warning to parents on disclosure

Only two cases of parents declaring false home addresses to increase their children's chances of securing places at prominent primary schools have been substantiated over the past five years.

According to an Education Department report, 12 complaints regarding suspected false addresses were made between the 1995/96 and 1999/2000 school years.

1 Jun 2000 - 12:00am

English improvement plan 'ignores grassroots workers'

Unionists have attacked a scheme to improve workers' English after the first group of applicants was found to comprise mainly executives and professionals.

17 May 2000 - 12:00am

Expert teams train to assist primary schools

Teams of educational experts will descend on primary schools identified as being 'in need of help' to assist principals and teachers in improving their management and curriculums.

10 May 2000 - 12:00am

Revised allocation system gives primary schools less freedom to select pupils

The Education Commission is to make a number of sweeping changes in its ambitious bid to reduce the gap between pupils of differing abilities within five years.

Schools will be told to use a Web-based test to identify learning problems and to take government remedial measures to raise standards.

9 May 2000 - 12:00am


South China Morning Post reporter Cynthia Wan was ejected from the hearing on Monday and ordered not to report the case.

Wan was not allowed to cover the second day of the hearing yesterday. Her report on Monday's session appeared in yesterday's newspaper.

19 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

$1m-loss merchant seeks aid

A merchant who lost more than $1 million worth of fabric in an alleged fraud on the mainland is appealing for help from the Beijing authorities.

In late 1996, Leung Wai-ki signed an agreement with a Naning, Guangxi, hotel manageress who claimed to be a public official, that the fabric would be stored at the home of her mother.

14 Apr 2000 - 12:00am