Educational Stages

No room in class for 100 children

Hundreds of kindergarten and nursery children at a Wan Chai private school will have to move kilometres away to Siu Sai Wan in the next academic year, after reports declared their school building unsafe.

Wednesday, 13 July, 2011, 12:00am

Bring back Chinese history, say lawmakers

Pan-democrats called on the government yesterday to resurrect Chinese history as a compulsory subject for junior secondary pupils instead of inserting national education into the curriculum for primary and secondary schools.

But the demand, tabled in the Legislative Council as an amendment, was rejected by the pro-establishment camp.

17 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Kindergartens get competitive

Parents in Hong Kong are raising their expectations of kindergartens, with a growing number seeking bilingual classes and preschools that can help their child pass interview assessments, as competition to secure a place at international primary schools becomes more challenging.

30 May 2011 - 12:00am

Voucher scheme slashes kindergarten teachers' pay

Staff at kindergartens that signed up for the government voucher scheme have suffered pay cuts in some cases of up to nine-tenths of their previous salaries, according to a teachers' union.

The Professional Teachers' Union says the massive reduction in wages is linked to the capping of fees for the centres amid soaring costs and inflation.

25 May 2011 - 12:00am

In Brief

200 schools agree to cut classes

Two hundred secondary schools would join the voluntary plan to cut the number of Form One classes in the coming school year, the Education Bureau said.

31 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Too young to swap toys for flash cards

Lately, there has been a wave of right-brain education institutions in Hong Kong.

At the forefront of the baby memorisation industry is KinderU and its sister nursery school, Rightmind Kindergarten, two centres that boast two-year-olds who can read and four-year-olds who can play the violin.

I admit that as a mother I was initially intrigued.

28 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Kindergartens in dire need of more government funds

The playground at the Jinbang Kindergarten in Beijing's Changping district is encircled by a dozen pre-fabricated units that serve as classrooms.

About 250 children of migrant workers are enrolled at the unlicensed pre-school. The main attraction for their parents is that it charges just 400 to 600 yuan (HK$470-700) a month, far less than licensed private kindergartens.

7 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Chinese University scraps exams to boost teaching of classic books

Exams are out, the Great Books are in.

In a far-reaching overhaul of undergraduate education, Chinese University will scrap exams for most mandatory subjects and boost the teaching of both Western and Chinese classics.

The changes are part of the university's preparation to lengthen degree courses from three years to four years next year.

26 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Pilot projects aim to tackle flaws in education system

The State Council released a directive yesterday outlining trial reforms of the mainland's much criticised education system.

Reforms include giving more autonomy to university recruitment, popularising kindergarten education and promoting special education for the disabled.

14 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Leading the campaign for lifelong learning

When most of us think about how to learn essential knowledge, skills and values that enable us to live and work, what first spring to mind are probably the things we learn in schools and colleges, for which we receive paper qualifications.

11 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Preschool services become a priority

The central government has ordered local jurisdictions to make preschool services a priority over other educational aspects in terms of both quality and quantity.

25 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Early learners getting off on the right foot

Every parent wants their child to have a head start in life. So, across Hong Kong, parents are enrolling their little Einsteins in playgroups to learn social, cognitive and motor skills. But with hundreds of playgroups in the city, what should parents look for, and is it worth it?

20 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Lesson in interaction

Elle Kwan first took her daughter Reia to a playgroup in Tin Hau when she was nine months old. 'Where we lived, she wasn't interacting with younger kids,' Kwan says. 'I also think there is this pressure in Hong Kong to do lots of stuff with your children because of the whole school system here.'

20 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

It's essential to keep it in the family

A child's success at school comes from an effective partnership between children, parents and the faculty itself. There is no escaping the fact that the role of parents has immense influence on a child's level of academic success.

20 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Small steps to independence

The first day of the school year at many kindergartens around Hong Kong usually brings floods of toddler tears and parental fears about how well their child will cope. Most youngsters start kindergarten at three years of age and nursery school at two, but are they really ready to take this big step away from home?

20 Nov 2010 - 12:00am