English Medium Education

Schools teaching in English shed 600 places in reducing class sizes

Competition among primary-school children for places in the top secondary schools next year is likely to be keener than ever, with the number of places available in schools allowed to teach in English dropping by 600.

Saturday, 8 December, 2012, 4:10am

Language policy change to 'alter public mindset'

Blurring the distinction between English and Chinese-medium schools may encourage parents to take a more balanced approach to choosing secondary schools, an influential education academic said this week.

1 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Teachers see chaos in language choice

The largest teachers' union says schools should not be allowed to choose their own medium of instruction - putting itself at odds with principals and parents.

The Professional Teachers Union (PTU), which has more than 80,000 members, said 'division and chaos' would result if schools adopted different mediums of instruction in different years and subjects.

30 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Happy medium

A three-year trial giving exemptions to 114 secondary schools from using Chinese as the teaching medium is due to expire next year and it would be a pragmatic move for the Government to extend the experiment for another two years.

12 Jun 2000 - 12:00am

Activities boost English in Chinese school

Many people may think that students at Chinese medium schools cannot possibly learn and use English as well as those at English medium schools, but this is not true. Chinese medium schools can also promote English successfully and our school is an excellent example.

27 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

No wholesale switch to mother tongue

I refer to your editorial of November 22, where you alleged that 'contradictory findings follow one another with bewildering speed' in the area of language policy.

No contradiction exists between the two sets of findings quoted.

1 Dec 1999 - 12:00am