Education Policy

No legal support for pushing through national education, lawyers say

Lawyers say the government cannot force public schools to start national education classes - which it says will be mandatory in three years' time.

Saturday, 1 September, 2012, 3:57am

Government must not allow politics to get in the way of a good education

The protest rally organised by secondary school students, parents and the Professional Teachers' Union against the introduction of national education in local schools attracted over 90,000 people last Sunday, according to the organisers' estimate. The turnout was much larger than expected.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm

'Hold off' on national education for one year

A former member of a government ad-hoc group that helped formulate the national-education policy has urged a one-year suspension on plans to introduce the subject.

Primary school principal Cheung Yung-pong said the government should push back the implementation of the subject so educators would not 'face a dilemma' amid strong opposition.

27 Aug 2012 - 9:15pm

Should cooking be taught at school?

Vanessa Wong Man-chi, 16, Diocesan Girls' School

While I do agree that the home economics curriculum equips young students with life skills that will prepare them for an independent life, I think it should not be made compulsory.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

Fair grounds

In Hong Kong, I often hear completely misguided, misinformed - and sometimes just plain disturbing - interpretations of affirmative action.

'If you were Latino, you could get into Harvard with your scores. But because you are Asian, you need 400 extra points. So go study.'

7 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Rule-breaking schools set the wrong example

For many of us, schools are the place where we learned about rules - about how the breaking of them brought about immediate sanction and the argument that you thought the rules were flexible and that stringent enforcement was 'unfair' invoked a stern rebuke. But perhaps that is just us.

29 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Children must come first in class-size debate

When two education groups with their own agendas close ranks against the government, it is worth seeing if their solidarity serves self-interest or the public interest.

19 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Gimme a break

Education reforms and drug abuse at school are not the only things bothering teachers these days. Parents are causing more than their fair share of headaches.

They bother teachers at all hours, holiday or term time, with all sorts of unreasonable and annoying requests, earning them the nickname 'Monster Parents'.

16 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

'No plans' for 12 years of compulsory schooling

The Ministry of Education dismissed suggestions yesterday that the nation would extend compulsory education from nine years to 12 as part of sweeping reforms of the system.

2 Apr 2009 - 12:00am


Mixed schools don't mean low grades

Some parents prefer to send their children to single-sex schools. They believe these schools prevent children being distracted by the opposite sex, so they'll do better in exams.

But just because students don't study at a co-educational school, it doesn't mean they won't date.

12 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

New mindset needed to reach education goals

Premier Wen Jiabao has made clear that developing a medium- to long-term plan for education reform on the mainland is a priority for his government. China can only become a first-class nation if its citizens are educated in the same manner, he rightly points out.

5 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Back to basics

At a recent symposium on the policy on the medium of instruction for secondary schools, Secretary for Education Michael Suen Ming-yeung announced that there would be a 'fine-tuning' of the government's mother-tongue policy.

31 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Should special needs students be integrated into regular classes?

Each week our two teenagers debate a hot topic. This week...

Jeffrey Wong, 19, Diocesan Boys' School

12 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Schools may get to choose which language to use

Education chief points to easing of mother-tongue policy

Secondary schools could be given freedom to choose whether to teach in English or Chinese, the education secretary said yesterday.

23 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Call for evidence in language debate

Unions warn against rumours, speculation

The leaders of the two main teaching unions this week called for a more systematic and evidence-based approach to improving the teaching of English in Chinese-medium secondary schools.

2 Feb 2008 - 12:00am