Educational Philosophy

Tree of knowledge has ancient roots

In Hong Kong, all children have to go to school. That is the law. If you drop out of school, your parents can get into trouble. Hong Kong citizens are entitled to 12 years of free education.

Wednesday, 23 May, 2012, 12:00am

Inquiry-based learning fosters creative and critical thinking skills

My child has just started a new school where they say they do the inquiry approach to learning. This all seems a bit vague to me. I would prefer proper subjects to be taught like in my day.

6 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Study for fun

Many students say that they do not know why they need to study; some of them think studying is not important. But studying is for a better future and realising our dreams. When we have this chance to study, why we don't treasure it?

19 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Focus on critical, independent thought

Liberal studies is the centrepiece of the new senior secondary curriculum and will take up at least 10 per cent of the school timetable.

But unlike other academic subjects, it does not involve the study of specialist knowledge. Instead, teachers draw on knowledge and ideas from across the curriculum to help students explore contemporary issues.

18 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Useful contacts


Australian Consulate General Hong Kong Education section, 28275475,

IDP Education Australia 28276362,


4 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

HKBU ambassadors to broaden horizons through travel

More than 200 Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) student ambassadors will be going on tours to the mainland and other countries to broaden their experience and show a sense of caring.

1 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Don't take your education for granted

Almost every child in Hong Kong can go to school, but unfortunately a lot of children do not like to study.

They complain about the heavy workload and the pressure.

We gain a lot from learning. We can learn about Chinese culture by reading books. We can also learn about history and other subjects.

6 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Q & A

My 10-year old daughter has special needs help in school for reading. Her reading is below standard so she also finds it difficult to do other subjects like maths because she cannot read the questions very well. She has been withdrawn from class by the special needs teacher for extra help along with several other children.

2 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Have your say

Is the death sentence acceptable?

We all know that Saddam Hussein did some terrible things. He abused his power and people died because of him.

He was executed for his crimes. But was this the right thing to do? Did he deserve forgiveness?

Some international groups, such as the United Nations, are against capital punishment.

16 Jan 2007 - 12:00am


Hong Kong has a dizzying choice of schools for the parent with children approaching school age.

Information is now more abundant and accessible than ever. Schools produce brochures and many have useful websites. But the task of choosing is still time-consuming and potentially overwhelming.

17 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

730 extra teachers to boost special education

Package of measures aims to revive faltering integrated school policy

A programme was unveiled yesterday to help the growing numbers of special-needs children in mainstream schools, who education chiefs said were in danger of being marginalised and bullied.

22 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Support for special needs is dire, say educators

Survey shows 62pc of respondents to be unhappy with aid

Educators have criticised the government for giving too little support for children with special educational needs who are integrated into mainstream schools.

Their comments follow complaints from the primary sector about inadequate aid in a survey.

8 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

New approach puts the object of learning back into focus

WHEN LAI MENG-CHOO, teacher development consultant at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, spent her time in the classroom more than six years ago, teaching for her meant reading the textbook.

She rarely gave thought to whether her students understood what she said in class until she adopted a new teaching and learning approach that illuminated gaps in their knowledge.

11 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Don't fret about the higher 'wobble'

Global demand for higher education will continue to expand, particularly from 'the awakening giant' China, an international education expert said this week.

Unesco's former assistant director-general for education, Sir John Daniel, said Australian universities that were alarmed by a fall-off in applications from Asian students should 'take a tranquiliser' and not worry.

9 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Dumbed-down Britain accentuates social ills

As if to underline my conviction about the decline of British social standards came last week's announcement that the government was introducing on-the-spot fines for drunken yobs.

Just a couple of weeks earlier on a trip back to Britain I'd seen and heard all about this particular manifestation of the country's rising social problems.

13 Jul 2004 - 12:00am