Educational Stages

Hard work opens Australia's door

Jeff Fung Man-chiu arrived in Australia in 2003 as a fresh-faced school-leaver from Hong Kong to start an advanced diploma in engineering technology at RMIT University in Melbourne.

Saturday, 20 November, 2010, 12:00am

Time to internationalise

We have often heard Hong Kong's government mention various plans to improve our tertiary education by providing more resources and places for students. More needs to be done to take it to another level.

18 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Universities must bid for about 10pc of students

A new university funding scheme is being introduced under which about 10 per cent of student places in all but a few academic disciplines will be put up for competitive bidding among all tertiary institutions.

15 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Safety, hygiene a grey area for some children's centres

There are playgroups for children as young as three months old, but a lack of government regulations means the safety and hygiene standards at many of them remain unknown.

There are no official figures on how many playgroups operate in the city because they do not have to register with the Education Bureau.

1 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Schools use phantom exam-sitters to look good

Zhong Hualei , a dropout from Shushan Central School in Wuwei county, Anhui , thought he would have nothing more to do with his former school.

Then he learned he had scored more than 500 marks in the senior middle school qualification exam.

There was just one problem: he had never sat the exam.

26 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

34,000 left to fight for Form Six places

More than 34,000 pupils will race around the city today fighting for the remaining Form Six places at public schools. Each place will be contested by more than nine pupils.

A total of 56,451 pupils, or 71 per cent of day school pupils, have obtained the minimum qualifications for Form Six.

5 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Plenty to choose from

For the more than 100,000 secondary school students, who sat for the HKCEE exams, today will be marked by nail-biting moments as they find out the results that will determine their futures.

But those who don't make the grades for university entry need not despair.

4 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Website to cut stress of HKCEE scramble

A youth club has teamed with a mobile-phone company to help students who will be scrambling to find a school place after the HKCEE results are released next Wednesday.

30 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Vocational schools face tough times

Secondary-only schools that offer vocation-oriented teaching are an unexpected casualty of the new academic system that extends free education from nine to 12 years.

22 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Education Bureau discriminates against some Pakistani parents

I refer to the report ('Ethnic minority pupils complain of discrimination in Primary One selection', June 2).

It clearly demonstrated how the government's practice in allotting Primary One places to designated schools discriminates against some parents of non-Chinese origin, specifically Pakistani parents in this case.

12 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Taking the first, careful step

Hong Kong has a thriving preschool sector with a wide range of kindergartens, whole-day nurseries, and playgroups offering many different approaches to early learning and care. Children are at their most impressionable during the preschool years, so the setting you choose will have a big impact on your child's language abilities, skills and personality.

12 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

More must be done to ensure the safety of our children, Hu says

President Hu Jintao has called for more to be done to protect children as the nation grapples to deal with a rise in the number of violent cases involving them.

2 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Give your child a head start

Every parent wants the best possible education for their child. But in Hong Kong's vast educational landscape, the important decision of where to start kindergarten can be daunting.

29 May 2010 - 12:00am

With vouchers, some parents paying more

The kindergarten voucher scheme is providing no extra financial help to many of the families with children at whole-day nurseries that need it most, a survey shows.

In fact, while most parents - especially those with higher family incomes and education levels - do benefit from the scheme, the poll shows 11.5 per cent have ended up paying more for the whole-day nurseries.

25 May 2010 - 12:00am

Vocational schools feel the pinch

Secondary-only schools that offer vocation-oriented teaching to students who do not necessarily want to go to university are an unexpected casualty of the new academic system that extends free education from nine to 12 years.

5 May 2010 - 12:00am