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Education in Singapore

Top schools ace English exam, but not Chinese

Pupils at top schools continued to show excellence in English in the new Diploma of Secondary Education exam - but limited Chinese-language skills have cost some of them a place at university.

Saturday, 21 July, 2012, 12:00am

The key to admissions ... is planning

Getting your child into the school of your choice often requires years of planning. Many parents make multiple applications, trying the aided sector and sought-after Direct Subsidy Scheme schools, and backing up by scouring international and other private schools.

International kindergartens

27 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Early planning pays off

Getting your child into the school you want often requires years of planning. It varies with school type but many parents make multiple applications, trying the aided sector and sought-after Direct Subsidy Scheme schools, and backing up by scouring international and other private schools.

12 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Study of minorities in mainstream schools ridiculed

Rights group says report 'unacademic'

A rights group has ridiculed an Education Bureau study of non-Chinese-speaking students' performance in mainstream primary schools as 'unacademic' and 'a waste of public money'.

22 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Promising compromise on English instruction

Having a predominantly Chinese-speaking society that places a high market value on proficiency in English presents a predicament to Hong Kong's education authorities. The environment makes it very difficult for native speakers to master English. And proposed solutions have always involved imperfect compromises.

9 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Axe still hanging over number of primary schools

Falling enrolments threaten closures

Figures released by the Education Bureau this week show that primary schools continue to face threats of closure due to falling enrolments.

The 2008 'Choices of School List for Central Allocation' provided the number of remaining Primary One places ahead of the central allocation deadline next Sunday.

19 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

A-level English pass rate at a 12-year low

Exam results decline continues

The pass rate of Hong Kong students sitting the A-level English exam has dropped to the lowest level in 12 years, figures revealed yesterday.

This year's pass rate was 4.3 percentage points below that of 1996 and 0.6 percentage points down from last year.

29 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

... and plan it all out long before you apply

Getting your child into a school of your choice requires planning, often years ahead. The process, however, varies depending on the type of school. Many parents will be making multiple applications, trying their luck in the aided sector and sought-after Direct Subsidy Scheme schools and backing up by scouring international and other private schools.

16 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Review snubs special needs children: critics

Parents and legislators have criticised the education authority for not addressing the requirements of secondary students with special needs in its latest review of integrated education.

The Education and Manpower Bureau yesterday revealed several new measures to help special needs students integrate into mainstream schools.

22 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Broader minds the goal, narrow interest permitting

A key objective of education reform is to provide a more flexible, coherent and diversified senior secondary curriculum that suits the varied needs, interests and abilities of students. The success or failure of the exercise critically depends on how universities select their students. It is therefore encouraging to see that the universities have responded favourably to the challenge.

6 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

It pays to plan ahead

Choosing a school is one thing, getting in is the challenge

Getting your child into a school of your choice requires extensive planning, often years ahead. The process, however, varies depending on the type of school.

17 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Small-class millions unclaimed by schools

Low take-up of cash for disadvantaged blamed on fears of being 'labelled'

Schools are being urged to join a programme for smaller classes aimed at disadvantaged children after millions of dollars went unclaimed in its first year.

11 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Overall, a Chinese success story

Seven years after the so-called mother-tongue education policy was adopted in 1998, it is interesting to note how far its critics have moved the goal posts.

13 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Mother tongue best?

Most educationists have pointed to an improvement in key examination results at Chinese-medium schools over the past three years as vindication of the mother-tongue education policy. What is your view? Write to us

11 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

On closer examination

The results of the A-Level examination released on Thursday have sparked another round of bashing of the so-called mother-tongue education policy, under which most secondary schools have been compelled to use Chinese to teach Form One to Three classes since 1998.

9 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

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