Educational Stages

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.

Wednesday, 16 November, 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

Lingnan Education Organisation must reconsider planned relocation of schools

My little girl is a pupil of Lingnan Kindergarten and Day Nursery. The sponsoring body of the schools, Lingnan Education Organisation Limited (LEO), has ignored parents' repeated requests for a dialogue relating to the burning relocation issue.

2 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

School reforms did not go far enough

There is surely something amiss in an education system when more than half of parents would gladly send their children overseas to study.

2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Lessons in degrees of futility

His placid look belies the fact that he is under a burden of debt and expects tough years ahead. Working as a clerk at an IT company since completing an associate degree course last year, Marco Cheng Leung-tung is prepared to juggle work that involves night shifts and studying for a degree.

26 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

New information pack on NSS

The Education Bureau has published an information pack on the New Senior Secondary curriculum.

The seven-part book includes information on local and foreign universities and career-mapping.

The book will reach Secondary Six students this week. Secondary Four and Five students will have to wait for it until late November.

20 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

No licence, yet preschool's up and running

A popular private school has been operating preschool classes without a licence in its new Kowloon Tong campus - but there is nothing the government can do about it.

This is because Think International is conducting its classes as 'playgroups', which fall outside current legislation.

10 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Rural preschool reforms welcome

Headline criticism of the mainland's education system tends to focus on stifling university bureaucracy, conformity, corruption and academic irregularities. This overlooks the case for reform from bottom to top, starting with kindergartens.

6 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Rural preschools top priority

The central government has pledged 50 billion yuan (HK$61 billion) over the next five years to develop preschools in rural areas of underdeveloped western regions and in some impoverished areas in central China.

2 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Call for groom service

Dorothy Lo Yuen-ki is still shy and mumbles a little as she describes her daily routine of nursery school and piano practice.

The four-year-old slouches in her seat, scanning the room while she is quizzed by her coach, Charles Wong Chor-fai.

21 Aug 2011 - 12:00am


Keep the MPF true to its purpose

The Mandatory Provident Fund was set up to help ensure employees could afford to live in retirement, using contributions by themselves and their employers over the years.

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Pushing the envelope on learning

On a stage crowded with 40 lively children, two-year-old Luna Belza swayed to Chinese music and belted out nursery rhymes with gusto. She was the youngest participant of a study trip to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing earlier this year.

24 Jul 2011 - 12:00am