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  • Apr 20, 2014
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Education in Hong Kong

Parents are snubbing top-rated local Hong Kong schools

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.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 9:46am 6 comments

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

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

Many parents disappointed at school placings

Only 68 per cent of the 27,000 children who will start primary education in September are allocated to schools of their first three choices, a 12-year low. Some parents who live in North district criticised the government for poor planning, as their children were assigned to schools in neighbouring Tai Po amid an influx of cross-border pupils.

2 Jun 2013 - 6:03am

ESF fees could rise 20pc as subsidy phases out

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".

8 May 2013 - 7:04am 17 comments

International school sites still needed

My colleagues and I at the Harbour School appreciate the Education Bureau's efforts to address the shortage of international school placements in Hong Kong through the recent allocation exercise of four redundant school sites.

5 May 2013 - 2:51am

Young fear lack of money will hold them back from middle-class dream

The education system may need an overhaul to improve opportunities for those stuck in a lower class life, an education researcher suggested after a survey found widespread pessimism among young people on their chances of climbing the social ladder.

1 May 2013 - 5:47am

Hong Kong tops the class in confused policymaking

In Hong Kong's more recent history, there is no better illustration of bureaucratic myopia and confusion of policy objectives than the government's proposal, announced by the financial secretary in his budget speech in February, to inject HK$480 million into the Government Scholarship Fund to enable outstanding students to pursue degree or teacher-training programmes in prestigious overseas universities, on condition that they come back to teach for at least two years.

28 Apr 2013 - 5:02am 5 comments

Troubled England has much to learn from HK's curriculum reforms

There seems to be two ways of reforming the education system. The first is to listen to the views of those who have an interest in what goes on in schools: parents, students, employers and, of course, education professionals.

15 Apr 2013 - 9:31am 2 comments

Letters to the Editor, April 8, 2013

It would seem on the surface that all Hong Kong students receive the same education, but there are wide disparities - and the stories of the two students in your article are a good example.

8 Apr 2013 - 2:04am

We cannot afford to spurn economic dividend from inclusive education

The appointment of a retired government stalwart as Equal Opportunities Commissioner raised a few eyebrows. Former health minister Dr York Chow Yat-ngok did not endear himself initially to those concerned about a conflict of interest by following the government line against a consultation on legal protection for sexual minorities.

7 Apr 2013 - 1:42am 2 comments