Chongqing university teachers in uproar over 'unfair' appraisal plan

Faculty held a peaceful protest at Chongqing Technology and Business University on Friday. Photo: Xinhua

Teachers contended that the new appraisal was not in line with Chongqing's education policy because it would take away emphasis on teaching. The government recently said it would put more educational resources into teaching instead of school administration.

Monday, 18 March, 2013, 12:19pm

Happy campus: Learning online no substitute for real thing, says Dr Drew Faust

Photo: Reuters

The president of Harvard University, Dr Drew Faust, has expressed confidence in the future growth of online learning, citing an international education among its advantages.

18 Mar 2013 - 10:51am 1 comment

John Tsang lacks budgetary vision for better education in Hong Kong

US President Barack Obama's state-of-the-union address shows vision. Photo: EPA

For policymakers, the question often arises, should policy dictate budgets or should budgets dictate policy? For natural-born political leaders, the former is axiomatic. For Hong Kong policymakers, the yoke of "keeping the expenditure within the limits of revenue in drawing up its budget, and striving to achieve a fiscal balance, avoid deficits and keep the budget commensurate with the growth rate of its gross domestic product", as dictated in Basic Law article 107, seems too overpowering to allow new thinking.

29 Jan 2014 - 8:14am

Youngster becomes autism educator after overcoming the condition

16-year-old Nicholas Liu Jichin. Photo: Felix Wong

A confident and gregarious youth, 16-year-old Nicholas Liu Jichin had an audience of several hundred people at Chinese University enthralled last November. His 30-minute talk at an autism conference turned into a two-hour session, as parents plied him with questions about his experience.

15 Mar 2013 - 10:05am 1 comment

Are mainstream schools doing enough for special needs children?

ADHT sufferer Willie Lam was ignored at school. Photo: Paul Leung

The numbers threaten to overwhelm. About 28,000 special needs students now attend mainstream schools, the result of an inclusive education policy introduced in 1997. The idea is to place children with learning disabilities in conventional classrooms, where they can develop alongside other youngsters.

15 Mar 2013 - 10:05am

Overseas teaching scholarship scheme not such a bright idea

Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim. Photo: David Wong

The recent budget contained a provision of HK$480 million a year to send 20 bright Hong Kong students overseas to study early childhood education or English. On the surface, this may seem like an initiative that will make teaching an attractive option for the smartest of Hong Kong's secondary students but is this really the message that will be sent to the community?

14 Mar 2013 - 2:59am 1 comment

Housing plan for land adjacent to Baptist University 'shortsighted'

Lee Wai Lee campus

A relatively small plot of land has recently become a site of contention between the government and Hong Kong Baptist University. The issue is symptomatic of problems in town planning, the land shortage in Hong Kong and the need for long-term vision with regard to higher education.

14 Mar 2013 - 2:59am

Hong Kong classrooms move online to YouTube

Hong Kong Digital Academy was launched on Tuesday at Salesian School in Tsuen Wan. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Hong Kong classrooms are upping the ante on web-based education – by teaching via YouTube.

13 Mar 2013 - 4:08pm

English-language studies 'destructive' to China's education, says CPPCC deputy

Seen in Beijing, a T-shirt mocking poorly spoken English. Photo: AFP

The head of a national research institute in China said English-language studies were "destructive" to education, which is facing an "unprecedented crisis".

13 Mar 2013 - 2:43pm 24 comments

Road Test: Fun English

Road Test: Fun English

Your child sees you playing games for relaxation on your smartphone, but when his turn comes, what does he get? Motion Math or some mind-numbing video that he can't really interact with.

12 Mar 2013 - 10:14am

Pick up a good book and power down in peace

Pick up a good book and power down in peace

Larry Rosen, a professor and research psychologist at California State University, came to Hong Kong recently to talk about the impact of digital technologies on Generation C, the connected generation of young people born since 1995. As he shared the findings from his studies, many of his observations reverberated with me and my peers.

12 Mar 2013 - 10:14am

Learning Curve: relieve anxiety the Hindu way

Students should learn to focus on more than just exam results. Photo: Felix Wong

Exam stress and anxiety regarding results are part and parcel of being a student. While anxiety can be a driving force, it is more often an incapacitating factor in exam preparation.

11 Mar 2013 - 10:33am

A dose of humanities for medical students

HKU medical students practise role play. Photo: Paul Yeung

Since enrolling in the University of Hong Kong's (HKU) medical school five years ago, Lydia Kwong Lee-ting has studied diligently to acquire the knowledge and technical skills to become a good doctor.

11 Mar 2013 - 10:32am

Free tuition fees draw crowd to German study booth

A student (left) at the European Higher Education Fair. Statistics show more locals are heading abroad for studies. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

The lure of free tertiary education in Germany saw dozens of students swamp the country's stall at a fair in Causeway Bay yesterday, even as Hong Kong frets over a dearth of foreign students at local universities.

10 Mar 2013 - 6:36am

Education officials have got it wrong

Education officials have got it wrong

Your correspondent's opinions are borne out by my experience of learning English as a fourth former of a secondary school with English as the medium of instruction. I have found that using Chinese (Cantonese) can facilitate and motivate my learning of English as my second language. 

6 Mar 2013 - 2:51am 1 comment