Eddie Ng Hak-kim

Education officials failing Hong Kong children

Eddie Ng Hak-kim. Photo: Sam Tsang

I have begun to wonder whether the Education Bureau is still part of the government, or secretly declared independence when I wasn't looking. It certainly seems to be pursuing its own agenda.

Monday, 10 June, 2013, 3:35am

Eddie Ng snapped using phone in Legco Q&A session

Eddie Ng is seen checking his smartphone. Photo: SCMP

The education minister came under fire online after a picture of him appearing to check the prices on his iPhone during the chief executive's question-and-answer session in the Legislative Council was circulated online.

10 May 2013 - 4:46am

New scholarships meant for students eyeing teaching, Eddie Ng says

Eddie Ng Hak-kim. Photo: David Wong

A new HK$480 million initiative to sponsor top students in their overseas studies is aimed at applicants with an eye to a teaching career, the education chief says. Those who intended to read English or early childhood education would get priority in the selection, Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim said.

1 Mar 2013 - 3:58am 2 comments

ESF quandary requires Education Bureau to rethink policies

Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim. Photo: David Wong

The decision by the English Schools Foundation to end its long-standing admissions priority for children who do not speak Chinese may come as a shock to many, but it is to be expected.

7 May 2015 - 3:17pm 8 comments

Education chief draws blank on go-between

Eddie Ng Hak-kim. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Education minister Eddie Ng Hak-kim insisted yesterday that he does not know the close ally of Leung Chun-ying who allegedly tried to set up a meeting between the leader of an anti-national education group and the central government's liaison office.

6 Feb 2013 - 5:28am

Education secretary pledges children will be educated where they live

 A teacher shows the Chinese character "Four" to students at an international school in Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters

The education secretary has promised "special arrangements" to ensure that children in the northern New Territories will get a school place in the district where they live despite intense pressure on schools from cross-border pupils.

2 Feb 2013 - 10:20am 2 comments

Protest mars Eddie Ng's London visit

Jun Yip (left) presses the issue with education chief Eddie Ng.

Speaking at a forum on Monday with about 100 local educators, business leaders and Hongkongers studying in Britain, Eddie Ng Hak-kim was embarrassed by six students who criticised him over the issues of cross-border pupils and the now-abandoned national education course. Ng was in London for the Education World Forum, a global summit for education ministers.

30 Jan 2013 - 3:47am 1 comment

Hope for free education gives way to disappointment

Eddie Ng Hak-kim

The lack of a timetable for meeting Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's pledge of 15 years' free education is a "huge disappointment" to kindergarten teachers.

26 Jan 2013 - 4:37am

Rumours of land use change mystify chief

Eddie Ng Hak-kim. Photo: David Wong

The education chief says he is mystified by "rumours" that a piece of land reserved for a private university will be turned into a public housing estate.

25 Jan 2013 - 4:13am

Public schools may give families in Hong Kong priority

Eddie Ng Hak-kim. Photo: David Wong

Admissions priority for local families is among measures being considered in response to pressure on public school places from Hong Kong-born children living on the mainland.

Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim revealed the possible option yesterday but gave no timeframe - despite the long queues of families seeking Primary One admissions in the past weekend.

22 Jan 2013 - 7:33am 9 comments

Who said it?

Eddie Ng Hak-kim

It will be too late to do it only when Leung's term nears an end

The Federation of Education Workers as education chief Eddie Ng Hak-kim's suggests 15 years' free education must wait


We are not a deadbeat nation. And so there's a very simple solution to this: Congress authorises us to pay our bills

16 Jan 2013 - 2:34am

Electronic textbooks trial may herald paperless learning era in Hong Kong

Eddie Ng Hak-kim

Electronic textbooks that are coming on to the market under a government funding scheme will be on average 20 per cent cheaper than traditional printed textbooks - and could herald a new era of paperless learning for Hong Kong students.

30 Nov 2012 - 3:53am 2 comments

Government sets out deal with school principals to cut class sizes

Eddie Ng: cuts are temporary

The government has finally set out a deal with secondary school principals to reduce class sizes, after sometimes tense negotiations over the past month.

28 Nov 2012 - 3:34am 1 comment

Principals side with Education Bureau on class size cut by 4 pupils

Education chief Eddie Ng Hak-kim. Photo: David Wong

More than half of secondary schools support the authorities' proposal to reduce class size by up to four pupils per class over the next three years, education chief Eddie Ng Hak-kim says.

School principals have suggested cutting back on the number of pupils by six in that time.

23 Nov 2012 - 3:36am

ESF hankers for public funding, despite Eddie Ng's comments

ESF still hopes for public funding.

The English Schools Foundation is banking on its strengths to secure continued public funding, despite the government's plan to phase out its HK$283 million annual subsidy.

7 May 2015 - 3:17pm 15 comments