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Education Reform

Voyage of discovery

Freelance writer Cam Cheung Wai-nui and her husband, former police superintendent Robert Highfield, are unconventional parents.

Sunday, 15 July, 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

Cruel exams for primary school pupils have become a lottery

Readers might think that 15.5 per cent and 29.4 per cent on exam papers were marks for students of low ability, but in this case they would be wrong.

They are a selection of Hong Kong schools' percentage marks on 2011 Territory-wide System Assessment (TSA) Primary Six exam papers.

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

When school envy strikes, ask yourself if the class is really greener

I was quite happy with my daughter's primary school until last week when I visited my friend's son's school. It was really lovely and spacious with lots of expensive equipment, and now I am wondering whether I made the right choice. Is this kind of second-guessing common?

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Carrying the cost

Leung King-sing, a father with four children, is upset at rising textbook prices, which have deprived him of the chance to go on overseas trips with his family. The last time the Leungs, who live in Fanling, went away together was three years ago, for a stint in Beijing. Now, the money goes on textbooks.

23 May 2012 - 12:00am

Change to inquiry curriculum may only mean a different presentation

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

letters

Listening to troubled teens can help

Teenagers often suffer emotional stress. Much of it comes from trying to get good results at school or in exams.

These teens may display unusual behaviour and suffer from mood swings.

They may hide their problems and not listen to others.

16 May 2012 - 12:00am

Helping the transition to secondary school is of primary importance

My son is in Primary Six and is getting stressed about moving to secondary school. He already struggles to organise himself, and he's worried about having to go to lots of different classes and having more homework. He also worries that he won't be with his friends.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

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Single women can be happy and fulfilled

I dislike the show Bride Wannabes as it promotes gender discrimination. Single women are considered as 'leftovers' and something negative to be looked down on.

Why aren't single men branded as 'leftovers', too? Why must single women try to find a boyfriend or husband?

8 May 2012 - 12:00am

Tutoring centre sees big profits in reforms

He's an economics teacher by day - but by night, Fred Chan Yiu-fai is an economic success story. And he believes his private tuition business can one day follow in the footsteps of Modern Education, which floated on the stock market last year.

7 May 2012 - 12:00am

Children must learn that homework is their own responsibility

My son is only in primary school, but he has a lot of homework and it's a struggle to make him do it. It sometimes includes lengthy research projects and he also gets Chinese homework as well as maths and English. All he wants to do after school is play sport, play with friends or go on the computer.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

Pressure on teachers to 'rig exam scores'

Teachers at the city's biggest vocational training network are under pressure to rig exam scores and give test tips to boost overall pass rates, according to an education union.

But the network's management insisted yesterday that the organisation had never told teachers to ensure a certain proportion of students passed.

4 May 2012 - 12:00am