Education Reform

Inquiry-based learning fosters creative and critical thinking skills

My child has just started a new school where they say they do the inquiry approach to learning. This all seems a bit vague to me. I would prefer proper subjects to be taught like in my day.

Sunday, 6 November, 2011, 12:00am

Dadzilla and Monster Mum

A two-year-old sits at the wheel of a BMW as his mum proudly films him driving along the streets of Hong Kong on his father's knee. Another dad threatens to jump from a Wan Chai footbridge after his son's application to an elite English-language school is rejected.

6 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Getting children to do homework takes patience and encouragement

My son's homework has increased dramatically now he is in Year Six and he refuses to sit down and do it. Each night is a battle, and there have been tears and quite a bit of stress all round.

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Tips for learning a new language and communicating with teachers

My son is learning Putonghua at school but he tells me he doesn't like it. My husband and I are really keen for him to do well in the language as we aim to be in the region for the foreseeable future. What can we do to help?

16 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Life on the flip side

Ah Kim isn't an orphan, but most of the time he lives like one. Throughout his childhood, he has either lived in a children's home, stayed with a diehard clubber auntie on the mainland, or been left home alone by his mother, who works as a cashier at a massage parlour and doesn't get home until midnight.

9 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Healthy work habits start with homework

My son's homework has increased dramatically now that he is in Year Six, and he is refusing to sit down and do it. Each night is a battle, and there have been tears and quite a bit of stress for everyone.

Homework is one of the simplest and oldest elements of formal education, but is often subject to the most complex practical difficulties and differing opinions.

2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am


Why it's important to go to school

The Hong Kong government has been funding nine years of free education for every child, from Primary One to Secondary Three, since 1978. This will soon be extended to 12 years.

26 Sep 2011 - 12:00am


The system is stressing us out

The first Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination is around the corner. I am one of the guinea pigs.

In a corner of our classroom, there is a blackboard on which we have a countdown to the last days of the term. There are fewer than 80 days to go.

21 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Former gamer finds maths a bigger challenge

Anfernee Lo Chun-hong made history at his school recently when he became its first student to get 11 distinctions in an international exam. As the Year 12 student from Yew Chung International School outlines his study strategies, it's difficult to picture him as a couch potato whose primary exertion was pressing the buttons on a keyboard or games console.

18 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Real education is about much more than just student grades

Many university teachers are dismayed by the University Grants Committee initiative to promote an 'outcome-based' approach to education. Large sums of money are being spent on it, while it threatens true education.

15 Sep 2011 - 12:00am


Making a video is really hard work

Recently I shot a four-minute video with my group mates as part of our holiday homework.

We gathered outside my friend's home one afternoon and started shooting the video.

5 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Few pass liberal studies mock test

Less than a year before students sit the new compulsory liberal studies examination for the first time, many are ill-prepared, a large-scale mock test has found.

The 2,633 students from about 100 secondary schools who took part in one of three rounds of mock examinations from November last year to April this year achieved an average pass rate of 42 per cent.

13 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Some kids love to be pushed, others are best left to progress at their own pace

My Year One daughter is reluctant to take part in any extracurricular activities. Some of her friends do an activity most afternoons and sometimes even two, but she's very lethargic after school and uninterested in anything I've suggested. She just wants to go home to play or watch television.

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Your attention, please

Hong Kong's schools are often noted for their low levels of violent, anti-social and disruptive behaviour - the bugbears of secondary and even primary education in many industrialised, Western countries.

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am


Putonghua will help students find jobs

There is a heated debate about making Putonghua a compulsory subject in public exams. Hongkongers have mixed feelings about the issue.

Those who support the proposal say it would improve the students' language standards. It would also make Hong Kong more competitive in its efforts to become Asia's education hub, they add.

29 Jun 2011 - 12:00am