Education Reform

Textbook firms say they may fold

Textbook publishers say they may fold if the government intervenes in the market to end a protracted battle over provision of additional teaching materials as part of the price of the books.

Monday, 20 June, 2011, 12:00am


National education a brainwashing tool

Concerns have been expressed about making moral and national education a compulsory subject for primary students next year. I have some negative views about this topic. Here are my reasons.

15 Jun 2011 - 12:00am


NETs are drain on resources

Your How We See It editorial commentary ('Are best English teachers born to it?', May 31) refers to the futile idea of 'best English teachers' inconsequentially, without contextual regard for the practical purpose of foreign language education in Hong Kong.

9 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Figuring out how to make the most of maths as homework moves online

My son is in Year Five, and over the past year the style and content of his maths homework has changed. He used to get one or more worksheets to complete weekly, but now his teacher often sets homework linked to maths websites. He seems to enjoy these tasks and gets on with them independently.

5 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Young Finns excel without stress

Finnish students spend considerably less time in class and have far less homework than their counterparts in Hong Kong. They don't do many drills, rote learning is frowned upon, and tests are few and far between. But they performed slightly better than their Hong Kong counterparts on a standardised test designed to measure student achievement in three key areas.

30 May 2011 - 12:00am

School selection needs homework

The Education Bureau provides a list of government, aided or direct subsidy schools it recommends to families with non-Cantonese-speaking children ( However, parents need to do sufficient research in order to find one that suits their needs.

30 May 2011 - 12:00am

Parents rate results over children's health

Even Amy Chua, the original 'tiger mother', might be shocked by the findings of a new poll.

Over 85 per cent of parents put academic results and performance in music and sport above health when it comes to their child's development.

4 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Education reforms

A further relaxation on language of instruction policy could let schools teach more subjects in English, regardless of their students' competence in the language. Do you think this is a good idea? Write to us.

28 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Removing the stress from exam success

You're lining up to enter the exam hall, eyes droopy after a late night of last-minute cramming. Your palms are sweaty as you mentally run through dates and figures, and pray that the paper awaiting you contains the questions you've prepared for.

19 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Bureau snubs calls for free evening classes

The Education Bureau has dug its heels in against lawmakers' calls to provide evening school courses for adults free of charge. Lawmakers had thrown back proposals to extend financial support for the courses in light of the government's policy change to provide 12 years of free education.

12 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Reforms affecting daily teaching 'most disliked'

The schools consolidation policy, benchmark tests for language teachers and a citywide school assessment scheme remained unpopular among educators, a poll has found.

Results of the survey of 631 primary school principals and teachers from 65 primary schools were released this week.

15 Mar 2008 - 12:00am


I don't understand why the school my children attend has different ways of grouping or setting students for different subjects? In some they are banded according to ability, in others they are mixed together. Shouldn't they be streamed according to their performance?

Teacher Jake Burnett replies:

8 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Children give family happiness a 'B'

Most children in Hong Kong say they have a happy family life, even though they don't have much time to be with their parents, a survey has found.

The Happy Family survey, organised by the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong interviewed 372 children and their parents last year.

16 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Fine balance between too little, too much

Local schools continue to find themselves torn between conflicting views over the amount of homework that should be given to students, a seminar was told this week.

2 Feb 2008 - 12:00am


Quality control

I think most consumers have a contrasting impression of products which are 'Made in China' or 'Made in Japan'.

Products made by Japanese companies usually have higher quality control in production, so people prefer them, even if they are expensive.

8 Jan 2008 - 12:00am