Overseas study offers young education on foreign policy

US First Lady Michelle Obama talks with students who practise table tennis while visiting the Second High School in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

US first lady Michelle Obama is absolutely right about the importance of overseas education, and that is exactly what the sons and daughters of many former and current mainland leaders have already experienced or are eager to experience.

Monday, 24 March, 2014, 7:49am 3 comments

Teaching pupils about benefits of rest has no effect on their sleeping habits: study

4,456 students participated in the study. Photo: David Wong

Results of Chinese University research are nothing to lose sleep over.

14 Mar 2014 - 6:17pm 2 comments

For many, having an extra child just brings on labour

The long-awaited changes to the mainland's controversial one-child policy did not surprise or please every parent in Shanghai when they were revealed last week. Why? Well, it comes down to those familiar issues of money and power.

18 Nov 2013 - 7:57am 1 comment

American universities still a rewarding option for Hong Kong students

A student walks by buildings on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. America's leading universities still attract many Hong Kong students. Photo: AP

The university application process has been frustrating and taxing on both the body and mind. As a future first year student in the United States, I’m thrilled that my endless nights of essay writing are over. Applying to the US is a popular route taken by many Hong Kong students and is significantly different from that of other countries.

24 Jul 2013 - 2:23pm 2 comments

Only 1 in 10 Hong Kong pupils are born to mainland Chinese parents, says state mouthpiece

Mainland students queue at the Lo Wu border checkpoint. Photo: SCMP

A state newspaper on Monday rejected claims that children born to mainland parents were putting a strain on educational resources in Hong Kong.

9 Jul 2013 - 4:05pm

Hong Kong has its first school for principals

Photo: Corbis

While university courses teach pedagogy and leadership theories, the skills needed to operate a school smoothly are often learned on the job by new principals

8 Jul 2013 - 9:55am

England can learn from Scotland's more fun, well-rounded education

Lauren Neilson teaches her biology students at Bishopbriggs Academy. Photo: NYT

In the leafy subdivision of East Dunbartonshire, outside Glasgow, the hallways of Bishopbriggs Academy were buzzing from a production of the musical Bugsy Malone the night before.

8 Jul 2013 - 9:17am

Public funding boosting US charter schools

Charter schools perform well in some US states. Photo: Mark Makela

A study that previously found many students in charter schools - American primary or secondary schools that receive public money and may also receive private donations - were not performing as well as those in public schools has discovered that in a few states, charter schools are improving.

1 Jul 2013 - 11:18am

A university chief must be his own man

Students at Lingnan University in Tuen Mun objected to the appointment of Leonard Cheng as president. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

It was a colourful event: Lingnan University had to select a new president, and the university council held a consultative meeting at which councillors were to choose a candidate.

1 Jul 2013 - 11:20am

Summer study tours abroad 'need right values'

A British teacher introduces Canterbury Cathedral in England to students from St Paul's Co-educational College in Hong Kong, as part of a cultural enrichment tour.

Summer schools were once designed simply to promote academic success or billed as cram centres, adding an unnecessary burden on students when they were supposed to be enjoying themselves.

24 Jun 2013 - 10:51am

How to avoid those hazy days of summer

A French guide - or 'Passport' - to the next school grade.

“Go to any French supermarket and you will be greeted by a stand ‘Passport to ...’ On sale are a range of manuals of varying quality, depth and rigour.

24 Jun 2013 - 10:45am 1 comment

Tablets help Hong Kong students learn

Form 1 students use their iPads at Pui Ching Middle School in Ho Man Tin. Photo: May Tse

It's morning assembly, and Form One students at Pui Ching Middle School, have their iPads ready. It's the same story in their English and Chinese classes.

17 Jun 2013 - 9:50am 1 comment

Parents are snubbing top-rated local Hong Kong schools

A visitor at the European Higher Education Fair at the Hong Kong Central Library finds out about available options. Photo: KY Cheng

Hong Kong has been judged to have one of the best education systems in the world. In international assessments, such as the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment, our students come consistently near the top.

17 Jun 2013 - 9:46am 6 comments

Choices in the classroom motivate learning

Students of Sun Fong Chung Primary School ran a market as a learning experience.

Earlier this year, Primary Six pupils of Sun Fong Chung Primary School in Tai Po had fun organising their own Lunar New Year market.

11 Jun 2013 - 10:41am

Variety proves spice of learning life

Stephanie Wu

Local students embrace studying the IB programme because it offers them writing training, a common task at university, as the curriculum requires them to compose a 4,000-word extended essay.

14 Jun 2013 - 4:19am