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Education Reform

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.

Sunday, 29 July, 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

Voyage of discovery

Freelance writer Cam Cheung Wai-nui and her husband, former police superintendent Robert Highfield, are unconventional parents. When the couple decided after Highfield's retirement in 2005 to realise his childhood dream of sailing around the world, they surprised friends and relatives by taking their two young daughters along.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Liberal studies leave no room for thinking

Our public education system may be beyond reform. Every attempt at reform either ends up accentuating the very features we were trying to change or making life worse for teachers and students. Take, for example, the new liberal studies curriculum, a signature programme of the government's dismal, decade-old education reform.

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Liberal studies failing to meet goals set for it

Most teachers are spoon-feeding students in liberal studies classes, a University of Hong Kong study has found, despite this method being discouraged in a subject that was a key component of education reforms.

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

The right balance

If you read some media reports last week, you might think that, as chairman of the Antiquities Advisory Board, I colluded with the government and arranged that the board would vote to redevelop the west wing of the old government offices in Central. This is not really what happened, and I would like to set the record straight.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Dishonest testing is unfair

According to the article 'Pressure on teachers to 'rig exam scores'' (SCMP, May 7), some teachers at the Vocational Training Council try to rig exam scores and give test tips to students. Their aim is to boost overall pass rates as their contracts depend on students' success.

18 Jun 2012 - 12:00am