Dennis Chong

National education shunned by publishers

Big textbook publishers are shunning the new national education curriculum, while a small player who dived into the market has found few buyers amid controversy over the subject.

Tuesday, 24 July, 2012, 12:00am

Students 'spoon-fed'

Most teachers are spoon-feeding students in liberal studies classes, although this is discouraged, a University of Hong Kong study has found. Teachers are relying heavily on textbooks, despite guidelines that they should not do so.

9 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

GCSEs face the chop

British GCSE exams may be scrapped, according to media reports. This would affect Hong Kong students who take the exams.

The British government is trying to reform the education system because critics say GCSE exams have become too easy.

British newspapers said GCSEs would be replaced by 'much harder' tests.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

More help for retirees over border eyed

The government is exploring the possibility of allowing local social organisations and medical institutions to operate in Nansha, a district of Guangzhou, to strengthen health services for Hong Kong retirees in the mainland.

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

DAB backs demands for class actions to be allowed

Class actions should be allowed urgently before more consumers fall victim to misleading sales practices, a political party said yesterday.

The appeal came from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, which said it has received hundreds of complaints from consumers in recent years.

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Electronic textbooks should help lower costs

Secretary for Education Michael Suen Ming-yeung is relying on electronic textbooks to reduce costs for parents.

Last year, Suen said the bureau would fix flaws in the market. His warning came after publishers refused to separate the sale of students' textbooks from teaching materials within a year, which officials believed could lower textbook prices.

16 May 2012 - 12:00am

Delaying tactics alleged in poll row

Dozens of students at the University of Hong Kong besieged the student union office yesterday, saying its leaders were deliberately preventing no-confidence votes that could see them kicked out of office.

One protester, Ting Shing-wing, said the student leaders had gone to great lengths to prevent a poll taking place before the end of term.

21 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Continuing-ed colleges 'need more oversight'

The private arms of government-funded universities should face more supervision to prevent potential misuse of tuition income, legislators say.

21 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

I will respect censure vote, says student head

The head of the University of Hong Kong student union, embroiled in a row over advertisements printed during the chief executive election campaign, says he will resign immediately if a looming vote of no confidence goes against him and his executive team.

But he reiterated he would not leave office unless the motions were passed.

17 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

'Head kick' boy arrested; facing assault charges

A 10-year-old ESF Lions boy who kicked a Kitchee-Escola player in the head during a junior football game on March 10 is facing assault charges.

Police confirmed that the boy was arrested last Friday.

He was released on bail for an undisclosed sum. The boy will have to report back to police next month.

21 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Exam changes urged

The Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority plans to release the results of the Hong Kong Diploma for Secondary Education earlier next year to give universities more time to handle applications.

'Universities want to see the scores earlier,' said Tong Chong-sze, the authority's secretary general.

8 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Families feel squeeze as inflation eats into income

Hong Kong's high-income and middle-class groups have expanded over the past decade, but families are earning less because inflation offset gains in income, census data shows.

A legislator representing the social welfare sector said the data showed the urgent need for new policies to help the poorest families and bridge the rich-poor divide.

22 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

We can give way on funds, E.S.F. says

The English Schools Foundation (ESF) is ready to make concessions in return for continued financial support from the government, according to chairman Carlson Tong Ka-shing.

13 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Schools quota for locals cut to 30pc

The government is to limit further the number of local students attending international schools amid concerns from business that the lack of places is discouraging foreign investors.

3 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Slow but 'satisfactory' start for internet project

An internet-learning programme for underprivileged children, launched in the summer amid accusations of political interference, has so far served only 4,000 of the 300,000 families at which it is aimed - progress an organiser says is satisfactory.

21 Oct 2011 - 12:00am