Educational Stages

Back to basics for kindergarten choice

The preschool sector in Hong Kong is diverse, with a range of teaching approaches, languages and tuition fees catering to expatriates and locals. To find the appropriate, affordable kindergarten for their child, parents will have to do their research.

Saturday, 14 June, 2008, 12:00am

Assessment tests for pupils may be cut back

The Education Bureau will consider reducing the frequency of a key assessment test for Primary Six pupils to ease pressure on them, the Civic Party candidate for Kowloon West said yesterday.

6 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Educators slam idea of testing preschoolers

Defender of play-based learning says the push for assessment would be 'a catastrophe'

Advocates of play-based kindergartens have hit back at the suggestion children should be tested at the age of four, with one saying it would be a 'catastrophe' for children.

24 May 2008 - 12:00am

Expert urges testing for preschoolers

World trends 'shifting from play-based learning'

A leading US academic is calling for infants to be tested on literacy, maths and science at the age of four.

17 May 2008 - 12:00am

HKIEd inks cross-border agreement

The Hong Kong Institute of Education has teamed with a Guangzhou university to collaborate on postgraduate research.

HKIEd and South China Normal University signed an agreement last week to exchange teachers, researchers and postgraduate students and also agreed on mutual credit recognition.

17 May 2008 - 12:00am

Gatecrashing a female preserve

Jim Tsang Chi-hung is the first male graduate of the Certificate in Early Childhood Education programme run by the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd). 'A male student who had enrolled several years before me dropped out,' he said.

17 May 2008 - 12:00am


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4 May 2008 - 12:00am

Teachers' pay often exaggerated, expert says

An expert in kindergarten financing said there had been a widespread problem of preschools exaggerating what they paid teachers so as to get subsidies.

17 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Bureau snubs calls for free evening classes

The Education Bureau has dug its heels in against lawmakers' calls to provide evening school courses for adults free of charge. Lawmakers had thrown back proposals to extend financial support for the courses in light of the government's policy change to provide 12 years of free education.

12 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Loans are the best way to meet degree pledge

This month, the government plans to release a report on associate degrees in Hong Kong and its role in the programmes. The administration is, however, caught between a rock and a hard place, because of former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa's promise of tertiary education for 60 per cent of our young people.

31 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Lawmakers push for free evening classes for adults

Panel tells bureau not to be tight-fisted

Lawmakers this week accused education officials of taking a penny-pinching approach to funding continuing education as they pushed for evening schools for adult learners to be made free of charge.

29 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Extend kindergarten vouchers, parties urge

The education chief came under pressure yesterday from legislators from across the political spectrum to extend the kindergarten vouchers scheme to include profit-making preschools.

'On this issue, all parties agree,' Liberal Party lawmaker Tommy Cheung Yu-yan said. 'The amount involved is not that great. I think if you agreed to extend the scheme, we would all embrace you.'

15 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Demand grows for English

The opportunities for English teaching in Hong Kong are multifarious, with the profession enthusiastically pursued by both locals and expatriates.

12 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Courses At a glance

Master of Arts (Language Studies and Language Teaching), Hong Kong Polytechnic University

12 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Six more schools at risk of closing

At least six secondary schools are on the edge of closure due to falling student numbers and an upheaval of the senior education system, enrolment details released yesterday show.

12 Dec 2007 - 12:00am