Migrant families in Beijing forced to educate their children at unlicensed schools

All the attendees are children of migrant parents who have to pay to have their children educated at the unlicensed school. Photo: Simon Song

Wang Hui and his wife have lived in Beijing for more than a decade, but they, like many other migrant parents in the capital, remain dismayed that the local government does not adequately address the educational needs of migrant children such as his son.

Wednesday, 6 March, 2013, 4:30am

How to go about setting up a PTA

There are many ways for parents to get involved in their children's schools. Photo: David Wong

My sister in Canada is very active in her children's school through a PTA group. My children's school here has no such group. What do they do and how I can form one?

5 Mar 2013 - 5:11pm

Budget got it wrong on education

The HK$480 million John Tsang Chun-wah proposed to inject into the Government Scholarship Fund could be better spent on other areas of education. Photo: Edward Wong

The responses from the Hong Kong community to Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah's budget have not been very positive. As an educator, I am also concerned about the resources the government devotes to nurturing the next generation.

4 Mar 2013 - 3:27am 1 comment

Big-picture plan for arts academy

The HKAPA is fine-tuning its programme. Photo: Edward Wong

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) will create two colleges and open a Chinese opera school in a restructuring plan designed to steer it to international success, according to its "Strategic Planning Framework".

4 Mar 2013 - 5:08am 1 comment

Learning Curve: the wonder of maths

Maths students (from left) Michelle Kempis, Laura Woodrow, Edwina Gautier, Sally Nakai, Helena Kwon and Jean Baptiste Rioual represented French International School in Semac last weekend.

A morning rain was always followed by a clear afternoon. An afternoon rain was always preceded by a clear morning. A total of nine mornings and 12 afternoons were clear. How many days had no rain at all?

4 Mar 2013 - 10:41am

'Educational apartheid' hitting expats

English Schools Foundation is criticised for promoting educational segregation. Photo: Edmond So

I agree with Mr Lam's argument about segregation in Hong Kong's education system, and would even go so far as saying that this city is currently plagued by an "educational apartheid".

5 Mar 2013 - 10:57am 26 comments

English-only rule lacks flexibility

Wise use of Chinese can help process of teaching English

The arguments given by Dr Caldwell are echoed by my 24 years of English language teaching experiences in six different secondary schools in Hong Kong. They have been proved valid in teaching students of different streams, namely, Chinese medium of instruction and English medium of instruction.

27 Feb 2013 - 4:55am

South Korean schools to teach about Dokdo islands dispute

Dokdo islands. Photo: AFP

Beginning this year, all schools will be required to provide a minimum of 10 hours of classes annually on "the importance of Dokdo", a ministry spokesman said.

27 Feb 2013 - 5:31am

Class Action: quality homework should be balanced with downtime

Burying their heads in books is not the best approach. Photo: Dickson Lee

Some educational research indicates that homework makes little difference to a child's ability in most areas of the curriculum and, in the worst case scenario, can actually turn students off learning.

24 Feb 2013 - 4:06pm

DSS holds key to English study places

Diocesan Boys' School, like many other DSS schools, offers an international/non-local curriculum. Photo: Nora Tam

While expatriate families are requesting the government provides more international school places for their children (who do not speak Chinese and therefore cannot attend local schools), many local schools actually have high potential to meet the demand.

22 Feb 2013 - 4:04am 3 comments

School's out there

Illustration: Oliver Raw

Its students pay as much as HK$500,000 per year and often end up in the best paid jobs, but now Princeton University in the US has become the first educational institution to invite students from all over the world to take part via the internet in its most sought-after courses - free of charge.

22 Feb 2013 - 3:05pm

How Chinese words can aid in English learning

New studies show Chinese can be used to teach English

The state of English in Hong Kong has improved steadily over the past decade, thanks to deliberate strategies. There is in progress, however, a more dynamic paradigm shift in language learning. It involves the targeted use of the mother tongue (in this case, Chinese) to increase the rate and motivation in learning the other language (English).

21 Feb 2013 - 5:46am 1 comment

Scholarships for overseas study are an investment in Hong Kong

Widen the horizons of our brightest, and we'll profit too. Photo: NYT

Whereas local universities are heavily subsidised, an overseas education is cost-prohibitive to most middle-class families. There are only a handful of scholarships that allow outstanding students to pursue degrees abroad. Even though a number of US universities now include international students in their need-blind admissions policy, most have limited financial aid for non-citizens.

21 Feb 2013 - 5:46am

Letters to the Editor, February 18, 2013

Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng. Photo: AP

It is common for employees in Hong Kong to work long hours. There appears to be no change in this state of affairs despite efforts by the government to change the working culture.

18 Feb 2013 - 1:55am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, February 16, 2013

Aung San Suu Kyi is failing to take a stand. Photo: EPA

Ease rules to breathe new life into parks

Why is Hong Kong so different from other cities when it comes to managing public places meant for relaxation?

16 Feb 2013 - 5:19am 1 comment