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Education

Variety proves spice of learning life

Stephanie Wu

Local students embrace studying the IB programme because it offers them writing training, a common task at university, as the curriculum requires them to compose a 4,000-word extended essay.

Friday, 14 June, 2013, 4:19am

Letters to the Editor, June 7, 2013

St Stephen's Girls' College in Mid-Levels. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Equality at stake in college DSS proposal

I would like to express my opinion on the proposal by St Stephen's Girls' College [and St Stephen's Girls' Primary School] to join the Education Bureau's Direct Subsidy Scheme (DSS).

7 Jun 2013 - 1:12am 2 comments

Letters to the Editor, June 5, 2013

Protesters on a barricade in Istanbul. Photo: Reuters

Adopt land exchange for new town

At long last, after looking at those miles of underdeveloped land between Tuen Mun and Yuen long, it has been decided to develop the area surrounding Hung Shui Kiu which stands athwart the highway between these two towns.

5 Jun 2013 - 12:47am

Letters to the Editor, June 4, 2013

Rhino horns seized in Hong Kong. Photo: Dickson Lee

Very proud of collective memories

I was born and bred in Hong Kong and, like most people living all over the world, I have great affection for my home, its people and culture.

I do not see it as wrong to defend our culture, history and heritage and, as Hong Kong was governed as a British colony, that would inevitably include those built and nurtured under colonial rule.

4 Jun 2013 - 1:58am 8 comments

Early childhood education: by the same token

Students arrive at York English Primary and Kindergarten. Photo: Edward Wong

Like many working-class parents, Yim Ka-yin welcomes publicly funded preschools. Her younger daughter, now in K1, gets HK$1,680 each month under the government's voucher scheme to subsidise kindergarten education.

4 Jun 2013 - 9:49am

Valuable lessons for hearing-impaired students

Evelyn Glennie has been deaf since the age of 12 and still became a successful musician. Photo: James Callaghan

Sitting in the audience, nine-year-old Locke was mesmerised as  the mallets and drum sticks wielded by Evelyn Glennie seemingly disappear in a rhythmic blur.

4 Jun 2013 - 10:15am

Angry teachers take discipline too far on China's Children's Day

In one of child abuse, a five-year-old boy was nearly smothered with a quilt, while in the other seven kindergarten children had their arms cut with scissors. The offender in both cases was their teacher.

3 Jun 2013 - 7:46am

Education news

Professor Reinhard Renneberg

A chemistry professor from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has become the first scholar in the city to be bestowed the honour of Academician by the prestigious German university Leibniz-Sozietät.

3 Jun 2013 - 9:29am

Many parents disappointed at school placings

Cai Nga-lam and her mother Apple Cai are happy at getting their preferred school. Photo: Nora Tam

Only 68 per cent of the 27,000 children who will start primary education in September are allocated to schools of their first three choices, a 12-year low. Some parents who live in North district criticised the government for poor planning, as their children were assigned to schools in neighbouring Tai Po amid an influx of cross-border pupils.

2 Jun 2013 - 6:03am

Cramming culture hurts students

Photo: May Tse

S. Chiu hit the nail on the head when she questioned the mentality of the education authority in her letter ("Let children learn to enjoy education", May 24).

I can only guess at the mentality of education officials.

30 May 2013 - 2:56am

Free kindergarten education will boost the whole of society

Illustration: Craig Stephens

Hong Kong is getting ready for 15 years of free education, which will be groundbreaking if achieved. As it will take the Committee on Free Kindergarten Education two years to come up with a set of recommendations, what issues should be considered? How can a high-quality, publicly funded kindergarten system be developed that also supports the changing nature of society?

30 May 2013 - 2:56am 3 comments

Guangzhou may reverse ban on people with sexually-transmitted diseases from teaching

Schoolchildren write their names on a banner promoting Aids prevention and education. Photo: Xinhua

Mandatory HIV tests are to be phased out from the draft list of health qualifications for Guangdong’s teachers by By September, state media reported Tuesday.

29 May 2013 - 1:11pm

Letters to the Editor, May 27, 2013

Pesticides are decimating bee populations. Photo: AFP

Education can help to curb bad manners

The comments of Vice-Premier Wang Yang regarding Chinese on holiday abroad attracted a lot of attention in the press ("Vice-premier laments rude tourists", May 18).

27 May 2013 - 5:01am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, May 24, 2013

Officials should consider road pricing. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Driving in rain without lights breaks the law

On Wednesday, despite the black rainstorm warning, many drivers, including bus, minibus and taxi drivers, were driving without lights.

Many more were driving with only parking lights, so called because that is all they are intended for.

24 May 2013 - 5:22am 1 comment

Should we let wunderkinds like Tumblr's David Karp drop out of high school?

Tumblr founder David Karp dropped out of high school so he would have more time to create. Photo: AFP

It’s one thing to say tech geniuses don’t need degrees. After all, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg all dropped out of college.

But now we’ve got David Karp, who doesn’t even have a high school diploma. Karp, 26, founded Tumblr, the online blogging forum, and sold it to Yahoo for US$1.1 billion. US high school students are roughly between the ages of 14 and 18.

21 May 2013 - 11:06am