Education Reform

This week's question What's your New Year resolution?

Jordan Carey, 14

Sunday, 30 December, 2007, 12:00am

Make time to relax

Hong Kong is a very stressful city and most students, especially senior form students, stay up late at night to complete their homework and revision.

Students complain about the stressful education system because they don't know how to strike a balance between study and play.

Instead of complaining, they should find a way to manage their time wisely.

5 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

HK must give its pupils all-round skills

Hong Kong pupils' high rankings in maths, science and reading skills have been confirmed in global survey after survey. These authoritative studies compare the foundational academic skills of students globally, and our students frequently come out on top, or close to it.

5 Dec 2007 - 12:00am


Burdened by too much homework

Every day students have so much homework to do they hardly have any free time. And sometimes they have to prepare for tests the next day. With such heavy school load it would be well past midnight before they can get the chance to go to bed.

This is all very unhealthy. A reasonable amount of homework would be helpful.

3 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

HK pupils shine in international literacy study

Gains attributed to changes following education reforms

Hong Kong 10-year-olds' outstanding performance in a major international literacy study is largely due to an increased emphasis on reading in schools following curriculum reform, the academic who administered the test locally said yesterday.

30 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Aiming to ease the burden of single-parent families

Ice cream or a meal at McDonald's was the way Peggie Leung used to entice her son to finish his homework. The single-parent, who lives in a public housing flat with her youngest son, Kevin, 11, often found him to be quite a handful because he would not listen to her.

26 Nov 2007 - 12:00am


Library has room for improvement

The 12-storey Hong Kong Central Library in Causeway Bay is very popular among students in the area.

But many of them are facing difficulty due to the limited number of seats for self-studying.

A lot of the seats on the eighth floor were dismantled three years ago. They were replaced with sofas or became empty spaces.

7 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Developing a global attitude

Jasmine recently petitioned her school's deputy principal to use cooling fans more instead of air-conditioning to save energy. She is only eight. Jasmine, with some older students at Kennedy School, run by the English Schools Foundation, recalls feeling great about telling him about what fellow students think should change.

21 Oct 2007 - 12:00am


Keeping in touch is important

How do you keep in touch with your former classmates after graduation? There are a variety of ways for us to keep in touch with friends - by letter, e-mail or MSN, but we still need to make the effort.

10 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Q & A

My son is in Year Eight and he has just received his end of year report. In it, we have been informed that next year he will be moved into one of the lowest sets in mathematics. As a result of this he is very upset and demotivated and although mathematics has never been one of his strongest subjects I would like to know how I can help him in this area.

29 Sep 2007 - 12:00am


Schools and universities need shared vision to work as an integrated whole

22 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Q & A

Over the summer holiday my son, who is in Primary Five, was given what I consider to be an unreasonable amount of homework by his teacher at the international school he attends. He brought home a large wad of mostly uninspiring, mundane worksheets.

22 Sep 2007 - 12:00am


My fashion dream

Since I was nine years old, I have liked drawing and designing. Now I am also very interested in fashion design and hope to become a fashion designer when I'm older.

Whenever I have free time, I practise drawing clothes and models.

20 Sep 2007 - 12:00am


Finish homework and go to bed early

Doctors say that we should sleep at least eight hours a day, but many of us ignore this advice.

Some students sleep for only about six hours which is not enough.

Those who lack adequate sleep will find it difficult to concentrate in class. Also, their health will be affected.

18 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

It's time to break the silence, let's hear students' voices

Some teachers may call me an idealist, but I have absolute confidence in young people's abilities to have a big say in the shaping of their lives during childhood, and in their education.

15 Sep 2007 - 12:00am