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Educational Stages

Making purple the colour of kindness

Inspired by a child's tragic wish for two purple birthday cakes, Hong Kong children are joining a global campaign to provide education for the underprivileged.

Sunday, 4 March, 2012, 12:00am

University places no longer assured

Attending an elite secondary school will no longer be a guarantee of a university place, teachers warn.

As more pupils sit the new Diploma of Secondary Education, schools that have in the past enjoyed a university admission rate of close to 100 per cent say they expect to have to answer to parents disappointed when their children miss out.

11 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Degrees of diversity

A year ago, I wrote in this column that 'as Hong Kong aspires to be a regional education hub, we should rethink the essence of university education and ask: what kind of excellence do we want to groom?'

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Painful lessons in early learning

China's rise has stretched some of its social infrastructure to breaking point. Preschool education has fallen through the cracks, failing to keep up with demand created by massive urban migration or meet educational goals. At the same time the shift of resources to the cities has starved rural kindergartens, forcing many closures and the transport of small children to others.

9 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Talking in tongues pays off

Just a cursory glance at the jobs pages is enough to confirm the increasing importance placed on language skills in today's employment market. And when it comes to the level of those the skills required, the bar seems to be rising.

9 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Primary six pupils will suffer fewer testing times

Primary Six pupils will take only one public test instead of two in the coming three years as the Education Bureau tries to ease the pressure on them.

Depending on the year, they will sit either the Territory-Wide System Assessment (TSA) or the Hong Kong Attainment Test (HKAT), but not both, as at present.

16 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Money is not a problem

Victor Fong Pok-wai, 22, is in the second year of a five-year doctorate programme in mathematics at Cornell University in New York. His postgraduate studies overseas followed his graduation from Chinese University last year.

'I chose Cornell because of the broad range of topics in its mathematics programme,' he says.

14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Chinese fuel US demand

International student numbers in America hit a record high last year, driven by a 30 per cent increase in Chinese enrolment. There are now nearly 128,000 Chinese students in the US, making up more than 18 per cent of the country's international student population.

14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Australian visas become a lot easier

Foreigners applying to enrol in Australian universities from next year will find obtaining a visa much easier following a government decision to streamline processing.

14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Exodus over exams is overreaction

Few people look back with fondness on the Certificate of Education Examination, which spelled exam hell for generations of secondary school seniors.

Now, the old exam is to be replaced by the new Diploma of Secondary Education examination, and anxiety has followed. Anecdotal evidence suggests more parents are sending their children to study overseas, to avoid the new exam.

2 Nov 2011 - 12:00am