Education Reform

Will Beijing's higher education reforms bring more fairness and innovation?

Parents holding umbrellas wait in rain as their children taking the national college entrance exam at the Hangzhou High School in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, June 7, 2013. Photo: Xinhua

The national college entrance exam, or gaokao, has been a bittersweet experience for millions of mainlanders. Those lucky enough to have passed went on to college and left with a degree which for years has been a sure guarantee of a good career.

Monday, 16 December, 2013, 11:51am

Letters to the Editor, May 28, 2013

Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok. Photo: David Wong

Security chief should have apologised

I was extremely offended by Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok's suggestion that young girls drink less in order to prevent rape ("Security chief blasted for rape remark", May 16).

28 May 2013 - 1:20am 2 comments

Letters to the Editor, May 14, 2013

Countries must now clean up their act. Photo: Bloomberg

Eco-friendly policies are feasible

15 May 2013 - 3:08am

College revolution is not just academic

Gong Ke, president of Nankai University

Gong Ke, president of Nankai University, is launching an ambitious reform of education at the alma mater of China's first premier, Zhou Enlai, in a bid to shift the school's focus from chasing academic results to developing students' potential and sense of responsibility.

19 Apr 2013 - 4:30am

Oxford don says education reforms 'won't hurt' Hongkongers' chances

Professor William James. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Secondary-education reforms that abandoned a long-running British model of schooling will not affect Hongkongers' chances of winning a place at Oxford University, its pro-vice-chancellor says.

10 Dec 2012 - 4:59am

Catalans see Spanish education reform as language threat

Tourists review a Catalan menu in Barcelona. Photo: Reuters

Tensions between Spain's Catalonia region and the central government have flared over a national education reform that targets the sensitive issue of Catalan language teaching in schools.

Catalonia's leaders and media jumped on the defensive after Spanish Education Minister Jose Ignacio Wert proposed an education reform focusing on Spanish language teaching in all regions.

7 Dec 2012 - 4:34am

Projects beneficial despite the extra work

Projects beneficial despite the extra work

My daughter is in secondary school. Besides lots of homework, she also has to do projects for various subjects. It is all so time-consuming that she has to work late into the evening on school nights. Sometimes, I have to help her finish them at midnight. I don't see why Hong Kong's education system gives children such a heavy workload.

4 Nov 2012 - 10:09am

Learning Curve: understanding grades

Learning Curve: understanding grades

Former US president George W. Bush's gaffes have been a great source of amusement over the years. They include a gem he posed in January 2000: "Rarely is the question asked: is our children learning?" The question is entirely appropriate, even if the grammar is faulty.

28 Oct 2012 - 3:24pm

Ways for parents to communicate with their children's teachers

Make it a point to be involved in your child's school life.Photo: David Wong

Being a parent who is also an educator has given me insight into how our behaviour as parents influences our children's in school. From my experience in the classroom, here are five resolutions parents can make this new school year to encourage a greater sense of responsibility from their children.

10 Sep 2012 - 9:32am

False start for national education

Hong Kong parents do not often take to the streets to protest unless there are compelling reasons to do so. On Sunday, tens of thousands of people braved scorching heat and brought along toddlers and babies in pushchairs to protest against the compulsory national education programme. The controversy has quickly turned into an election issue in the September polls.

27 Aug 2012 - 9:15pm

Private tuition has its place, but only after careful consideration

A reader recently told me about her neighbour's daughter, who is in grade six at an international school.

One day the girl's maths teacher asked students if they attended the Kumon or Enopi programmes after school. Most did, but all the teacher did was to tell the others they would have to catch up. The reader was rightly appalled.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


Revision is more than memorising

I attach great importance to my studies. I understand the value of doing revision to get good results in tests or exams.

But I also believe that you won't always get good results just because you have done a lot of revision. That's because revision means more than just memorising.

24 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

The science of nurturing

There's no shortage of home-grown parenting books in the stores. Most, however, tend to be lightweight self-help advice or memoirs. But six experts from local universities have banded together to produce a more authoritative Chinese-language parenting guide, Raising Children: Wisdom from Psychology.

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Self-important and judgmental teens need moral and national education

The latest entrant to Hong Kong's democratic movement is formed by a group of mostly high school teenagers who are not yet eligible to vote.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Special needs students face double trouble

Entering university has always been a challenge for students with special-educational needs, but this year may be the toughest yet.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am