Education

From shortage of Hong Kong university places to glut by 2016

Hong Kong's shortage of university places could turn into a glut in three years

Hong Kong's shortage of university places could turn into a glut in three years as student numbers fall and competition from private institutions increases. In the 2013-2014 academic year there will be 22,000 places available at public and private universities for the 27,000 secondary school pupils likely to meet the minimum entry requirement to study for a degree.

Saturday, 27 April, 2013, 5:12am 3 comments

Islands hold key to education crisis

Lamma has a population of about 6,000 and is the third largest of Hong Kong's islands. Photo: Dickson Lee

Hong Kong is facing a crisis in primary education. No other topic has the ability to turn the faces of Hongkongers red with frustration and anxiety like education.

The pain points are clear and there are many solutions.

27 Apr 2013 - 3:31am

Letters to the Editor, April 24, 2013

Makeshift memorial near site of the bombings. Photo: AFP

I write as a former member of the Legislative Council. Throughout the history of Hong Kong, there has never been a level playing field.

24 Apr 2013 - 3:14am

Limiting smartphone use for children

Children should be encouraged to use their devices responsibly. Photo: AFP

​The advent of the smartphone is so recent that parents and educators are still trying to understand the implications for children. On the positive side, smartphones offer instant communication with family and friends and have become a key part of a child's social interactions.

23 Apr 2013 - 11:16am

Illustrated books open children's minds to a world full of wonders

Illustrated books open children's minds to a world full of wonders

The fact that life extends far beyond Hong Kong pervades our home. We have a toy globe, a desk mat printed with a map of the world and framed photos from my children's visits abroad.

This global awareness hasn't stopped my elder daughter from telling her friends while I was away in the United States that her mummy had gone to Germany, or that her very British teacher is from America.

23 Apr 2013 - 11:09am

Limiting smartphone use for children

Children should be encouraged to use their devices responsibly. Photo: AFP

​The advent of the smartphone is so recent that parents and educators are still trying to understand the implications for children. On the positive side, smartphones offer instant communication with family and friends and have become a key part of a child's social interactions.

23 Apr 2013 - 10:51am

Education news

Education news

University of Hong Kong students have been asked to elect a student representative to the committee that will select the next vice-chancellor, after a student council dispute earlier derailed the process.

22 Apr 2013 - 9:33am

Billionaire Schwarzman to give US$100m to fund China scholarships

Blackstone founder Stephen Schwarzman. Photo: Nora Tam

Blackstone Group Chairman Stephen Schwarzman has agreed to give US$100 million for a programme that will fund the studies of graduate students in China, similar to the Rhodes Scholarships program.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

How Hong Kong youths are touring the 'real' China

From left to right, Service Corps volunteers Ivy Cheuk Hiu-wai, Joanne Wong Yi-sin and Adam Fok Tsz-nam. Photo: SCMP

Wujiang in Shaoguan city is just a stone’s throw away from Hong Kong but living conditions there may be outside the average Hongkonger’s comfort zone.

Roads in the northern Guangdong village, if any, are muddy and potholed. Wild ducks can be seen swimming in the puddles. Pollution is so bad no one dares to drink, cook or bathe with tap water.

20 Apr 2013 - 12:19pm

Hong Kong's liberal studies exams are for probing minds

Liberal studies can stimulate deeper and less formulaic inquiry among youngsters. Photo: Dickson Lee

Since Hong Kong introduced liberal studies in secondary school curriculums, quite a few students have been asking to interview journalists from this newspaper about the most topical issues in the news today. Some questions are naïve, but more often they are intelligent and probing. If such anecdotal evidence is any guide, the experiment by the education authorities, despite many hiccups and much criticism, has succeeded in stimulating deeper and less formulaic inquiry among youngsters.

17 Apr 2013 - 3:25am

Liberal studies teachers must beware danger of tying grades to politics

Foreign domestic workers protesting for the right of abode at the Court of Final Appeal. Photo: Sam Tsang

Last week, a group of high school students in New York state were given a writing assignment to argue why Jews are evil. Their five-paragraph essay must demonstrate their ability to "think like a Nazi" using evidence from the Third Reich government propaganda. It was an exercise meant to link English class with a history lesson on the Holocaust; instead, it caused an uproar among parents, educators and the Jewish community.

17 Apr 2013 - 5:39am 1 comment

University to probe sex claims against professor

University to probe sex claims against professor

Claims of plagiarism and sexual harassment against a professor at a Zhuhai-based college jointly run by Baptist University and Beijing Normal University have sparked an investigation by the college.

16 Apr 2013 - 4:38am

Political questions can give insight into young minds

Spring is never the best season for Hong Kong, with its unbearable humidity and fluctuating temperatures. But for some 70,000 secondary school six pupils, the weather will be just one more thing for them to bear.

Last week was the start of the university entrance exam, the Hong Kong Diploma for Secondary Education.

15 Apr 2013 - 2:53am 1 comment

Gillard declares A$14.5b plan to boost funding for Australian schools

Julia Gillard plans to make education a central pitch in her attempt to be re-elected to government in September. Photo: Bloomberg

Australia yesterday announced a A$14.5 billion (HK$118 billion) plan to boost funding for schools in one of the country's biggest education reforms in decades.

Under the proposal, the extra cash will be made available over six years from next year, with the government setting a goal for Australian schools to be among the world's top five in reading, numeracy and science by 2025.

15 Apr 2013 - 4:33am

Troubled England has much to learn from HK's curriculum reforms

There seems to be two ways of reforming the education system. The first is to listen to the views of those who have an interest in what goes on in schools: parents, students, employers and, of course, education professionals.

15 Apr 2013 - 9:31am 2 comments