Education Reform

Patience brings rewards

I recently started volunteering as a tutor in a day-care centre, helping primary students with their homework.

Monday, 9 April, 2012, 12:00am

Computers for poor taken over by parents

Providing poor families with access to computers and the internet can sometimes produce new problems, according to organisers of a government-funded learning programme.

A student whose family obtained a computer under the 'I Learn at home' programme found that rather than being able to use it for homework, his father took it over and became hooked on computer games.

2 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Parents push for fair deal at school

The city's school system must address different educational needs, cut class sizes and give support to all demographic groups, say parents.

The calls have come in interviews by the South China Morning Post with three Hong Kong families for our chief executive debate series.

2 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

How to exercise his organisational muscle

My son is very disorganised. His teachers always report that he has an untidy desk tray and never keeps his table tidy. He often gets in trouble for forgetting homework, even though I remind him to take it in. He doesn't seem able to improve. He's in Year Six now, and I'm worried that he won't be able to organise himself in high school, with all the different lessons and homework schedules.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Critical steps

One thing that all three chief executive candidates do agree on is the provision of 15 years of free education. They also support the implementation of small-class teaching in schools, though to different extents.

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


Reflections after Yueyue tragedy

Do you remember Yueyue? She was a two-year-old girl who was run over twice in Guangdong last October without anyone coming to her aid.

The incident was caught on video and people around the world were shocked. Many locals walked by the critically injured little girl before an elderly woman finally picked her up.

14 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

It's good to talk: how dialogue can nip power struggles in the bud

Sarah and her son Jeremy, 15, often get into power struggles. It used to be so easy, she says. 'If I asked him to do something he did it. If I said no he accepted it.'

For his part, Jeremy says he's sick of his mother's nagging. Sarah feels that if she doesn't keep at him nothing gets done. This is affecting their relationship.

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Learning the brain game

Last year, chief executive hopeful Henry Tang Ying-yen's comment on student protests exacerbating conflicts in society and resulting in situations like 'a fatal car crash' stirred up heated discussion among Hongkongers.

20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Fears over DSE fairness

HONG KONG - Doubts have arisen again over whether the Diploma of Secondary Education's liberal studies exam will be graded fairly after public figures received inconsistent marks in trials. One test-taker failed with one evaluator, but did well with another.

13 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


Subject problem lies in operation

I am writing in response to the letter 'Liberal studies is letting us down' (Young Post, December 13, 2011).

I think liberal studies can effectively enhance our critical thinking skills. The exam papers ask us to think about issues from different angles. This develops our analytical abilities.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Local education system should align with international standard of learning

I refer to the letter from Umesh Kalro ('English first for better education', December 30). I strongly agree that Hong Kong's education system should be updated to meet with international standards.

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


Let's hail the joyous spirit of Xmas

Christmas is just four days away and people's mood is already improving.

Shopping malls have been decorated with beautiful Christmas trees. And people are planning their Christmas celebrations.

21 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Keep it simple

If you ask local students what a perfect progressive verb is, chances are they will know. Not only that, but they may also tell you the difference between past perfect progressive and present perfect progressive. If you ask students at international schools the same question, chances are they will look at you as if you have two heads.

16 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

The power of positive thinking

As students, we face lots of problems, such as countless tests and homework. Although it is a common situation for all of us, we cannot deny that these problems leave us feeling exhausted. In fact, most of us dread the idea of doing this over and over again.

9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

School pressure leads to materialism

Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic and Miseducated Students Denise Clark Pope Published by Yale University Press ISBN 978-0300098334

7 Nov 2011 - 12:00am