Educational Stages

Time waits for no parent

Illustration: Pearl Law

For many years I tried to ignore time. I seldom wore a watch, frequently turned up late to events and generally tried to be casual about punctuality and deadlines. I guess it's what people expect from musicians and creative types.

Sunday, 23 September, 2012, 10:08am

Pupils and parents to protest against national education

Students protesting against national education wear red blindfolds and carry red balloons in Shau Kei Wan. Photo: David Wong

Pupils and parents will surround the government's headquarters on Saturday in their latest move against the introduction of the national and moral education curriculum ahead of the start of the new school term next week.

29 Aug 2012 - 3:14am

Departing exam chief George Pook's plea to parents on education reforms

Dr George Pook, who is leaving his role as examinations chief.

Parents and students must stop seeing a university place as the only route to success if reforms to the city's education system are to succeed, a key architect of the new Diploma of Secondary Education said as he prepares to leave Hong Kong.

20 Aug 2012 - 5:32am

Back to school for principals

Certification Course for Kindergarten Principals HKBU-SCE

The Education Bureau's decision to improve the standard of early childhood education has seen a boom in demand for professional training.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Top schools ace English exam, but not Chinese

Pupils at top schools continued to show excellence in English in the new Diploma of Secondary Education exam - but limited Chinese-language skills have cost some of them a place at university.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Special-needs pupil relishes 'more relevant' system

No one got a prized 5** grade, but the atmosphere at the Red Cross John F. Kennedy Centre was nonetheless jubilant yesterday as pupils with disabilities learnt of how they performed in the first HKDSE exams.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Choice is child's play

How do you choose the right kindergarten for your child? For early childhood education expert Dr Doris Cheng Pui-wah, the criteria for a good kindergarten rest on whether or not it lets children play freely.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Plenty of fellowships and scholarships Down Under

With an eye on future global competitiveness, many countries are fighting over the best and brightest postgraduates from around the world by offering generous benefits for worthy international students that include full-tuition scholarship, monthly living-cost allowances and comprehensive insurance coverage.

26 May 2012 - 12:00am

Tale of how Little Oak grew tall

When Wang Gan returned to Beijing in 1999 with a PhD in anthropology from Yale, she never imagined that she would go on to launch a successful private kindergarten.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

Pupils' exams could start earlier, take longer in 2013

School pupils could find themselves starting examinations earlier in the year and sitting almost six hours of vital tests in a single day as part of a drive to produce results earlier and give universities more time to process applications for places.

7 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

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.

4 Mar 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