Education Economics

Poor families still paying for preschool spots

Education vouchers for kindergarten children are doing little to help families on low incomes, a study by the Institute of Education found.

Thursday, 22 March, 2012, 12:00am

Winning bites

So as not to be outdone by music lovers, movie buffs now have a chance to walk away with some great dining vouchers as well.

23 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Pick the Oscar winners

Not to be outdone by music lovers, movie buffs now have a chance to walk away with some great dining vouchers as well. This time, Young Post is teaming up with Blue Smoke Bar-B-Que, Central, to give away five HK$200 vouchers.

20 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Plea to improve public schools

International and local English-language schools are filled with the children of local families dissatisfied with the public system, lawmakers heard yesterday.

14 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Voucher scheme may widen rich-poor gap

The kindergarten voucher subsidy benefits families of medium and high socio-economic status, but neglects those low on the ladder and may even be widening the rich-poor gap, a government-commissioned survey has found.

Families in the medium to high groups tend to use the money for their children's educational activities while the others use it for household expenses.

12 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Kindergarten cash boost for parents

Parents getting help from a government voucher scheme to send their children to kindergarten will get an extra HK$2,000 a year, and the value of the vouchers in future will be pegged to inflation.

3 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Value of a good education for all is in the balance

The controversy over ESF school fees is capturing the headlines but, in the process, it is obscuring some much bigger issues. The confusion has led one of my favourite - and Hong Kong's best - columnists to ask the right question, get the right answer, but then draw the wrong conclusion.

16 May 2011 - 12:00am

Controversial health care voucher scheme failing elderly, review finds

Elderly people will be restricted in the way they use their annual health care vouchers after a review found the controversial pilot scheme was not meeting the objective of promoting preventive medical care.

19 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Our thinking on education must change

In keeping with the traditions of most developed societies, public education in Hong Kong is free - at least as far as schooling goes. But parents who want the best for their children know there are plenty of extra costs that add up quickly in the pressure-cooker environment for the top pupils and schools.

26 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

38pc of those eligible use health voucher in 18 months

A vicious circle of lukewarm reactions from doctors and patients might be to blame for the low participation rate of the health care voucher scheme for the elderly.

The latest Department of Health statistics show that in the 18 months since the launch in January last year, only 38 per cent of eligible people have used a voucher and only a third of doctors have signed up.

7 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

St Mark's wins reading 'battle'

Hoi Ping Chamber of Commerce Secondary School hosted the first ever Battle of the Books (BoB) competition for local schools on Thursday last week.

17 May 2010 - 12:00am

Just the ticket

Hotels across the region are stepping up the romance and creating great deals, according to website The site offers Valentine's Day deals across Asia that are 'perfect for kissing couples or for just spoiling yourself if you are single'.

3 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Sales spread cheer

The Winter Fair and Garage Sale was back again and all proceeds from table hire for the event was donated to Operation Santa Claus (OSC), organised by the South China Morning Post and RTHK.

17 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

10-hour school days come under fire

Situation vacant: Student. Hours: 8am to 6pm. Conditions: willing to work for two institutions in one day. Pay: none. Extra duties: homework. Age: three to six.

That's right, three to six. Children at the dawn of their education are being introduced early to the Hong Kong work ethic by parents enrolling them in two kindergartens at once.

17 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Too much too young

Hong Kong parents are sick, sick, sick. Many project their own profound ignorance, twisted values and phobias onto their children in the hope of turning them into geniuses or CEOs, giving them a head start on everyone else or at least making them into their clones.

3 Dec 2009 - 12:00am