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Education Department


The Education Department has been criticised by the Audit Commission for planning to spend $1.37 billion on primary schools which are not needed.

The oversupply of schools is partly due to the declining birth rate.

Saturday, 4 January, 2003, 12:00am

Closure fears for 12 village schools

Twelve village schools are facing closure after losing last-gasp appeals against an Education Department ban on admitting Primary One pupils in the next school year.

Their failure to overturn the ban means they could face eventual closure and children in some parts of the New Territories and outlying islands will have to travel further to school.

4 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Dancin' in the dark no way to effect prefect training

I am writing to express my bewilderment and anger about the Prefect Training Workshop organised by the Education Department on July 6 at a school hall on Waterloo Road, Kowloon.

7 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Parents misled on appeals over school places

The Education Department made misleading statements which discouraged parents from appealing against the allocation of secondary school placements, a report by the Ombudsman has found.

The department also effectively reduced the duties of a body monitoring the appeal process to that of a rubber stamp, the report released by Ombudsman Alice Tai Yuen-ying yesterday said.

18 May 2002 - 12:00am

Leave tutorial colleges alone

Tutorial colleges play a vital role in Hong Kong education but are treated unfairly by the Education Department. The pressure on students to get an education is enormous.

For those like myself who use tutorial colleges in our quest to secure a university place, it is hard to tolerate the unnecessary regulations applied to these schools.

2 Feb 2002 - 12:00am

Against priority plea

As a parent of a child affected by the sudden closure of the Canadian Overseas International College, I could not agree more with the letter headlined 'Bankrupt school's children cannot be put on top of waiting list' (South China Morning Post, October 31).

8 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Private schools suffer discrimination

Reading 'Learning the hard way' (South China Morning Post, October 10) infuriated me.

13 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Schools of disrepute to be named and shamed

The Education Department and Consumer Council will name disreputable private schools in an attempt to clamp down on unscrupulous operators.

The department also is considering amending laws to force private schools to submit detailed information on their shareholders before they can be registered.

5 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Late warning on school closures annoys parents and students

Updated at 1.15pm: Students and parents on Monday complained of being told too late about school closures, as heavy rain forced a complete washout on the first full day of the new school year.

Many were already on their way to school when the Education Department announced single and morning session schools would be closed for the day.

3 Sep 2001 - 12:00am

40 private schools in illicit-courses probe

The Education Department is investigating up to 40 private schools suspected of publishing misleading advertisements or running unregistered courses.

18 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

Costly textbooks

Amid appalling standards of English and Chinese, and criticisms about the allocation of school places and examination systems, the Education Department should also look into the cost of textbooks, which are escalating in a disproportionate fashion.

30 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Limited places for girls 'worrying'

The chairwoman of the Equal Opportunities Commission said yesterday she was disappointed at the limited number of secondary school places made available by the Education Department for girls who feel they have been discriminated against.

12 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Parents and children in heavy rain

Rain and rainstorm warnings have caused havoc for Hong Kong students over the past week, with parents having to venture out in the worst of the weather to collect their children after many schools closed at the hoisting of red warnings on Monday and last Friday.

16 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

New arrangements are satisfactory

I refer to the letter headlined 'Cancel class on time' (South China Morning Post, June 13).

16 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

Tardy officials should review procedures

In response to the red rainstorm warning on June 8, the Education Department suspended all school classes for the morning session at 8.20am.

11 Jun 2001 - 12:00am