Education Bureau

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

Asylum seeker fights Education Bureau's ban on son attending kindergarten

The boy's father says his son cannot legally be denied access to education. Photo: David Wong

The boy's 34-year-old father, who comes from Sri Lanka, says he is a torture victim and that the boy and his Indonesian mother are in the process of seeking refugee status.

9 Jun 2013 - 8:26am

Discovery College bows to fee push

Discovery College

Discovery College has reduced its proposed fee increases following opposition from parents, but pressure remains for the Education Bureau to look into its finances. Annual tuition fees at the Lantau Island private school will rise by 7.6 per cent instead of the previously announced 9.5 per cent for the coming year.

30 May 2013 - 4:03am 6 comments

Angry parents protest at Discovery College's hefty fee increase

Discovery College at Discovery Bay. Photo: May Tse

Parents at Discovery College angry about hefty fee increases have urged the Education Bureau to conduct an independent review of the school's finances. In a letter to Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim, about 150 parents warned of an exodus of pupils from the school after a proposed rise of 12 to 14 per cent in tuition fees and a non-refundable building levy for next year.

25 May 2013 - 5:03am 1 comment

Education Bureau proposes to lend Hang Seng School HK$800m

The Education Bureau has proposed to lend the Hang Seng School of Commerce HK$800 million to cover its expansion costs.

The bureau will seek legislators' approval for the interest-free loan, which will cover the development of campus facilities and student hostels for programmes offered by the school's management college.

25 May 2013 - 3:57am

Looming surplus of university places offers chance to target inequality

Michelle Li Mei-sheung, deputy secretary for higher education in the Education Bureau. Photo: May Tse

Hong Kong is heading for the unfamiliar position of having more university places than it knows what to do with. Within three years, education authorities say, we will have 1,200 more places than the number of students expected to meet entry requirements. This compares with an expected shortage of 5,000 places in the coming academic year.

13 May 2013 - 1:52am 1 comment

ESF fees could rise 20pc as subsidy phases out

ESF boss Heather Du Quesnay. Photo: Edmond So

Fees for new students entering the English Schools Foundation from 2016 could be more than 20 per cent higher as the government phases out its decades-old subsidy for the foundation. The change is the result of drawn-out negotiations between the Education Bureau and the ESF, which officials have described as a "colonial legacy".

28 Apr 2015 - 5:44pm 16 comments

Publishers say they tried to keep rises low

The average price increase is 3.2 per cent. Photo: Connie Yuk

Textbook publishers said they had tried their best to limit price rises for school textbooks, as the Education Bureau released the recommended textbook list yesterday.

4 May 2013 - 6:53am

Textbook prices set torise 3.3pc, officials say

Eddie Ng Hak-kim, Secretary for Education. Photo: Sam Tsang

Textbook prices are expected to rise by 3.3 per cent despite officials' efforts to stop the much-criticised bundling of textbooks and teaching materials that has increased the burden of cost for parents.

2 May 2013 - 5:09am

From shortage of Hong Kong university places to glut by 2016

Hong Kong's shortage of university places could turn into a glut in three years

Hong Kong's shortage of university places could turn into a glut in three years as student numbers fall and competition from private institutions increases. In the 2013-2014 academic year there will be 22,000 places available at public and private universities for the 27,000 secondary school pupils likely to meet the minimum entry requirement to study for a degree.

27 Apr 2013 - 5:12am 3 comments

The results are in: it's back to exams system

The results are in: it's back to exams system

School-based assessment will be dropped for three subjects in the Diploma of Education (DSE) and deferred for nine other subjects in the coming school year.

The assessment system was brought in to ease the pressure of a single exam determining a pupil's results in a subject.

19 Apr 2013 - 3:44am

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

More pupils vying for elite secondary school places

Principals have warned parents to expect more competition for elite secondary school places this year, as more tried their luck in the latest allocation exercise.

Places could be further limited after the Education Bureau reduced class sizes ahead of an expected reduction in student numbers in the next few years, the educators said.

24 Jan 2013 - 4:08am

Schools in Finland good role models

Finnish children enjoy their childhood a lot thanks to the pleasant climate and environment as well as the free pre-school education provided by the local government. Photo: Xinhua

As a parent with some experience of the local education system, I must take issue with Iris Chan's comments about pressure on students ("Pressure an integral part of school system", January 2).

8 Jan 2013 - 2:57am 1 comment

Don't ditch Queen's Hill university plan

Tertiary education students attend a career forum. Photo: Edward Wong

It is rumoured that the government is planning to use the Queen's Hill site for public housing instead of developing a private university, as had been planned. Despite the urgency in easing the housing shortage, such a move would seriously damage the credentials of "Hong Kong Inc" and shake international investors' confidence in the city.

8 Jan 2013 - 5:00pm