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Education Commission

Allocation tied to the question of language

AMONG ALL THE education reforms, none is more contentious than how to allocate places in secondary schools and determine the language of instruction.

Saturday, 31 January, 2004, 12:00am

Heads back an allocation scheme based on results

School principals have come to a consensus that the quality of primary schools should be taken into consideration in the secondary school places allocation system the Education Commission is due to devise this year.

25 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Tyranny of our pro-am educators

An excessive amount of radical changes have brought in to or proposed for the local education system since last year. These have brought much unrest and distress to parents whose children will be affected by the impending or planned reforms.

21 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

The language of change

I would like to comment on the Education Commission's reform proposals. I appreciate the framework formulated in its final report, with its proposals for a student-focused aim for local education, that there should be no losers, life-long learning, and the need to mobilise the whole society behind the reforms.

30 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

Class system must change

It is natural that many parents of children attending leading schools feel apprehensive about education reform. Choice has been straightforward up to now. While these schools can select about two-thirds of their intake from the most promising pupils, they have an advantage in examinations.

30 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

Banishing cobwebs

Forget opinion polls; forget politics. Next to economic recovery and property prices, the subject closest to the public heart is the education system. In no way is that more evident than in the response to the Education Commission's proposed reforms. Nearly 9,000 individuals and organisations submitted proposals before the deadline yesterday.

1 Aug 2000 - 12:00am

Parents back schooling plan: survey

Nearly 70 per cent of parents support the 'through-train' schooling proposed by the Education Commission and will not move to districts where elite schools are located, according to a survey released yesterday.

24 Jun 2000 - 12:00am

Happy medium

A three-year trial giving exemptions to 114 secondary schools from using Chinese as the teaching medium is due to expire next year and it would be a pragmatic move for the Government to extend the experiment for another two years.

12 Jun 2000 - 12:00am

Joined ventures

Rationalisation is a familiar procedure in commerce and industry, but is less often associated with academia. But that, essentially, is what core member of the Education Commission Professor Cheng Kai-ming was proposing when he broached the subject of a merger between some of the SAR's seven universities.

7 Jun 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

Reform of elite schools deserve parents' support

The education reform consultative document released recently has received plaudits from various sectors of the community. Amid the furore created by the Education Commission's proposals, echoes of dissent could be heard.

24 May 2000 - 12:00am

Elite schools are popular choice

The chairman of the Education Commission, Antony Leung Kam-chung, feels that Hong Kong needs more elite schools.

There is one kind of elite school created by our Education Department - a museum to store gifted pupils who have perfected the ancient dying art of rote learning.

20 May 2000 - 12:00am

Adviser calls for fewer classes, more thought

Schools should slash the number of classes to cut teachers' workload and allow pupils time to develop creative thinking, a veteran education policy adviser suggested yesterday.

10 May 2000 - 12:00am

Proposals may spell end for elite schools

Traditional elite schools may be eliminated by the proposed reforms, an Education Commission source says. He said although the changes were 'not intended to eradicate all elites, such an outcome is possible'.

9 May 2000 - 12:00am

Revamp for school entry

Sweeping changes to regulations which stipulate how many pupils schools may admit on a discretionary basis will be unveiled by the Education Commission next week.

4 May 2000 - 12:00am