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Education in the Soviet Union

Ombudsman probes textbook publishers

The Ombudsman is investigating the government funding of two Beijing-loyalist centres that published textbooks for the national education course starting next month and sent them to schools.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 10:54pm

No stopping 'national' classes

The education chief yesterday dismissed calls for the introduction of national education classes in schools to be delayed, despite concern from community groups and anger over government-funded teaching materials said to be heavily biased.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Union protests at 'hidden' subsidy to Beijing loyalists

Education chiefs have been questioned over a subsidy granted to a Beijing-loyalist group which used the money to publish a set of biased teaching materials on national education that have been rejected even by the education minister.

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Schools upset at textbook delay

The Education Bureau postponed the release of its annual list of recommended textbooks, due on May 8, after publishers retracted their book prices at the last minute.

The move was in response to a policy change on giving free teaching manuals to schools. The bureau imposed a deadline on publishers to unveil their book prices for the coming academic year on Wednesday.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am

Issuing of textbooks list delayed

Schools and parents may be stuck in limbo as a list of recommended textbooks for this year is put on hold amid a deepening dispute between education chiefs and publishers.

9 May 2012 - 12:00am

Bring back Chinese history, say lawmakers

Pan-democrats called on the government yesterday to resurrect Chinese history as a compulsory subject for junior secondary pupils instead of inserting national education into the curriculum for primary and secondary schools.

But the demand, tabled in the Legislative Council as an amendment, was rejected by the pro-establishment camp.

17 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Secondary school pupils thrive in smaller classes, scholars advise minister

Academics have waded into the row over reducing class sizes in secondary schools, saying research shows the benefits of smaller classes.

18 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Big differences in textbook bills found

Because different schools choose different textbooks, the bills for parents vary. Some pay five times what others do, according to the Consumer Council.

16 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Teachers rally for small classes as closures loom

Hong Kong's largest teaching union is mobilising teachers for a mass campaign for small classes, as secondary schools brace for closures next year, due to falling rolls.

1 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Parents face bigger textbook bill

Parents of senior secondary one pupils under the new education structure have to pay more for textbooks, the Consumer Council says.

The watchdog collected data from 49 primary and 41 secondary schools for its annual survey. The average textbook expenditure for a first-year senior secondary pupil was HK$2,453, an increase of 3.1 per cent on last year.

17 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Call for primary-secondary gap in teachers' pay to be narrowed

The salary gap between primary and secondary school teachers should be narrowed to attract more talent to work in primary schools, an academic said yesterday.

29 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Language policy under more fire

Education groups have criticised the new medium-of-instruction policy as a political concession to please parents who treat Chinese-medium teaching as inferior and want more English teaching at schools.

They said the new policy in effect reversed the mother-tongue education adopted since the handover in 1997, and it was so complicated that educators would be confused.

1 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

First Chinese join Bolshoi training

Three Academy for Performing Arts students have been selected to be the first Chinese people to join the renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Russia this autumn.

But to raise the standard of performing arts amid the development of the West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong needs a performing arts high school, teachers say.

12 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Teachers threaten hunger strike

Drastic measures pledged to prevent closure of secondary schools as population falls

Teachers are threatening to go on hunger strike if the Education Bureau insists on closing secondary schools due to a falling student population.

20 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

PTU collects 10,000 names against closures

The Professional Teachers' Union has collected nearly 10,000 signatures ahead of today's protest against the closure of secondary schools due to the falling student population. Teachers are to gather at Central's Chater Garden at 3pm and march to government headquarter where they will submit the signatures and tie yellow ribbons on the gates.

13 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

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