Education in Malaysia

Graft watchdog calls on Sarawak chief Taib Mahmud to resign

Footage showing alleged corrupt practices in Sarawak. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Corruption watchdog Transparency International has called on the powerful head of a Malaysian state to step aside after a video purportedly linking him to abuse of power went viral online.

Thursday, 21 March, 2013, 2:33am

Parents turn up heat on national education

A parents' concern group seeking to delay the introduction of national-education lessons in schools is urging supporters to write to their children's schools to voice their opposition.

It also hopes they will write to the schools they attended as children.

27 Aug 2012 - 9:12pm

More get secondary school of their choice

There were cheers and tears for primary school pupils across the city yesterday as they found out whether they had received places at the secondary schools they wanted.

Some 72 per cent were allocated their first choice of school, up from 70 per cent last year, despite fears that a government drive to cut the number of classes would reduce flexibility.

11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

A little corner of England

Along with several other British public schools, Marlborough College, which is in southern England is now expanding into Southeast Asia. But the college insists that, unlike Harrow, which will be establishing a school in Hong Kong next year, its Malaysian school is not a franchise. The school, which is set to open in 2012, is a sister to the British original, the college claims.

7 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

The key to admissions ... is planning

Getting your child into the school of your choice often requires years of planning. Many parents make multiple applications, trying the aided sector and sought-after Direct Subsidy Scheme schools, and backing up by scouring international and other private schools.

International kindergartens

27 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Police flunked test due to poor preparation

Relying on questions in previous papers, and poor knowledge of new law enforcement issues, were reasons for most police officers failing last year's promotion exam, a review has found.

24 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Planning ahead to get it right

Getting your child into the school you want often requires years of planning. It varies with school type but many parents make multiple applications, trying the aided sector and sought-after Direct Subsidy Scheme schools, and backing up by scouring international and other private schools.

International kindergartens

13 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Language reform for widest benefit, education chief says

Education chief Michael Suen Ming-yeung admitted yesterday that allowing more schools to teach in English would not satisfy all parties but said the reform was being introduced 'for the biggest benefit of society'.

31 May 2009 - 12:00am

Half of students set to enrol in Primary One switch to other schools

Half the students scheduled to enrol in a Yau Tong school's Primary One class in September have switched elsewhere amid chaos over the school's management.

Thomas Lee Poon-shing, principal of the Pegasus Philip Wong Kin Hang Christian Primary School cum Junior Secondary School, said about 10 students had decided to go elsewhere, leaving fewer than 10 students behind.

28 May 2009 - 12:00am

Changes in school language policy to be unveiled on Friday

Long-awaited adjustments to the medium-of-instruction policy have been completed and details will be made public on Friday, according to a government source.

The changes will end strict segregation of schools into Chinese and English streams and allow Chinese-medium schools to set aside a quarter of their lesson time for 'extended learning activities conducted in English'.

27 May 2009 - 12:00am

Principals join hands to decry MOI plan

More than 80 principals have placed an advertisement in a local newspaper condemning the 'fine-tuning' of language policy by Education Secretary Michael Suen Ming-yeung.

14 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Be careful what you wish for in education

Language is for communication. It's the primary vehicle for our thoughts; the wellspring from which discovery and self-discovery are made. Yet, our public education system perversely relegates learning activities that promote such primary purposes, rooted in human nature, to after-school, extra-curricular classes, if at all.

15 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Review brings joy to many schools, upsets some others

The final proposals on medium-of-instruction changes received a predictably mixed reaction from educators, given the divisiveness of the issue.

Increased autonomy and other flexible arrangements were seen as a godsend by schools eager to shake off the stigma attached to Chinese- medium teaching, but the hopes of schools that have embraced the mother-tongue policy were dashed.

9 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Mother-tongue teaching advocate criticises plans to revise policy

A staunch advocate of mother-tongue education in Hong Kong has criticised the government for putting forward a 'messy' revision to the medium-of-instruction policy to please parents.

The Reverend David Cheung Chi-kong said the new arrangements would create in-school labelling and do a disservice to students' learning.

9 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Mixed messages on language teaching

Language bridges communication, but mother-tongue education has been among the most socially divisive government policies since Hong Kong's return to China in 1997. The switch to mother-tongue teaching in 1998 was seen by some as a political decision.

9 Jan 2009 - 12:00am