Education in the People'S Republic of China

Teachers' union threatens strikes

The city's biggest teachers' union has issued an ultimatum to the education secretary, threatening mass demonstrations and strikes if the government continues to block small-class teaching, which the union sees as a way to avoid school closures.

Monday, 13 September, 2010, 12:00am

Sequoia funds Cernet expansion programme

Sequoia, a United States venture capital firm that invested in Yahoo and Google, has provided financing for the expansion plans of Cernet Koncept Network, a mainland internet company targeting the country's 27 million college students, sources said.

21 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Recruitment of academics must start now

With local universities moving to a four-year-degree curriculum in 2012 and at least seven educational institutions expressing their intention to become private universities, Hong Kong will require some 2,300 extra professors and lecturers in the next few years.

24 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Education head takes flak over mammoth ministry's failures

The mainland's mammoth Ministry of Education, which has been blamed for skyrocketing college tuition fees and a growing divide in access to basic education, was punished yesterday with minister Zhou Ji receiving the most 'No' votes of the 27 ministers at the National People's Congress meeting.

18 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Must try harder

Months ahead of taking power in 1997, Tung Chee-hwa made an impassioned commitment to education, placing it alongside housing and the elderly at the top of his list of priorities.

Calling education 'the key to the future of Hong Kong' in his inaugural policy address, he promised a top-to-bottom overhaul of teaching and learning.

14 May 2007 - 12:00am

Casualties of the rush to profit from schooling

Beijing has finally started addressing the reality of an education sector at the crossroads after spending more than a decade in pursuit of a market-driven education industry and amid growing public discontent over soaring tuition fees.

27 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

More aid for students to study abroad

The central government will pay for more intellectuals to study abroad in hopes of furthering its strategy of 'strengthening the country with human talent', the Ministry of Education said yesterday. It also hopes to attract more people to study on the mainland.

17 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Teaching talent shuns rural schools for big-city rewards

SONG WEIGUO, a first-year student at Beijing Normal University, isn't put off by the low pay and basic living conditions in the countryside. When he graduates, he plans to teach in a rural school.

A native of rural Yunnan province, the teaching major understands the lack of qualified teachers outside major cities and especially in western China.

13 May 2006 - 12:00am

Quality education requires academic freedom

Beijing is calling a halt to the expansion of higher education and shifting its emphasis to enhancing quality. After a decade of rapid growth, the policy change is the right medicine for a system whose size has more than doubled and many of whose graduates are ill-equipped for work.

12 May 2006 - 12:00am

Bank offers Shanghai trip and internship

The Standard Chartered Bank has launched a new programme to help young people develop their potential. The programme includes a visit to Shanghai and a summer internship at the bank.

The Priority Academy, which aims to help participants gain more exposure and broaden their horizons, is designed for the children of Priority Banking customers.

8 May 2015 - 5:57pm

Provinces to carry burden of free education

Provincial, not county, governments must bear the cost of the free rural education programme under an amended bill presented to lawmakers yesterday at the start of a four-day session, Xinhua reported.

Under the plan, rural students would be exempt from all tuition and miscellaneous fees, including costs for books, winter heat and transport.

26 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

A chance to make educational progress

The government's proposal to merge at least 30 secondary schools because of falling student numbers has met with a predictable response. Critics have called for the number of pupils in each class to be cut instead.

12 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Key English test reserved for the few

Exam that is required to work at many foreign firms can only be taken by college students, angering self-learners

New rules covering the mainland's national English test may prevent those studying the language on their own getting university places - and jobs at international firms - from 2007.

25 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

English tests tainted by cheating scandals

At least seven people suspected of cheating in national English examinations have been detained in Beijing, while education authorities conduct a separate investigation into how test questions and answers were leaked on the internet.

12 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Top official warns colleges on fee rises as students' burden grows

A senior education official has warned colleges and universities against raising tuition fees as students face a growing financial burden, particularly in rural areas.

Zhang Baoqing, vice-minister of education, said tuition fees should be used only to supplement, not finance, education.

11 Nov 2004 - 12:00am