University hopefuls must go beyond exam scores

The "3+3+4" education reform (three years of junior secondary, three years of senior secondary and four years at university) has undoubtedly been the most talked-about issue related to the "two-track" academic year.

Thursday, 23 August, 2012, 1:09am

Narrow patriots or global citizens?

Teachers and families may be on their summer holidays, but seldom, if ever, have they felt so worried and frustrated about their children's education.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:29pm

The man behind liberal studies sits the exam

If anyone could secure top marks in the first ever Diploma of Secondary Education liberal-studies exam, it would probably be a man who helped develop the subject.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Questions for C.Y. deserve an answer

Leung Chun-ying's relations with the Legislative Council will go some way towards making or breaking him as chief executive. His appearance in the council chamber this week for the first of what will be many question-and-answer sessions was in a sense a dress rehearsal for the real thing. Next time he will appear before a new legislature to be elected in September.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Successful business and quality go together, chairman says

Quality is a characteristic that every company aspires to be associated with, but only the very best are awarded the sought-after Hong Kong Management Association (HKMA) Quality Award.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

When problem-solving is at the heart of the matter

After reading one of my columns, our son Akhil asked how we had chosen schools for him and his sister. I had to admit that when my husband and I sought primary schools for them 27 years ago, it never occurred to us to consider whether the school ethos mirrored our own philosophy, nor did we check the environment to ascertain whether the children would be comfortable in it.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Pressure on teachers to 'rig exam scores'

Teachers at the city's biggest vocational training network are under pressure to rig exam scores and give test tips to boost overall pass rates, according to an education union.

But the network's management insisted yesterday that the organisation had never told teachers to ensure a certain proportion of students passed.

4 May 2012 - 12:00am

Creative high-flyers sought to teach new programmes

Vice-president and up to 50 academic and staff posts Tung Wah College

The fast-expanding Tung Wah College (TWC) is hiring 40 to 50 new academic and administrative staff this year.

14 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Plan to ease workload could be sped up

The Education Bureau has suggested that to ease the workload of teachers and pupils under the new senior secondary curriculum, it could bring forward a plan to cut down the amount of assessment in liberal studies.

Teachers have often raised concerns that liberal studies is too broad, and the marking burden heavy.

13 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Tang admits aide called university on half-done poll

Chief executive candidate Henry Tang Ying-yen yesterday admitted that one of his campaign aides had called Baptist University in connection with a poll that appeared to show him gaining in popularity on his chief rival, Leung Chung-ying.

20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Arts exam 'is not fair'

HONG KONG - Visual arts teachers are criticising the latest practice paper for the Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE), saying that asking students to critique such a wide range of unfamiliar artworks requires pure guessswork.

In one section of the four-hour exam, students were required to analyse and compare two artworks.

12 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Easy route urged on exam

HONG KONG - Teachers recommend that less competent candidates for the Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE) choose the easier section in the English reading exam.

The Examinations and Assessment Authority published all four English-language practice papers on Monday and Tuesday.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

A few surprises in DSE practice exams

The Examinations and Assessment Authority started distributing practice papers on liberal studies and 23 other subjects to Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE) candidates last week.

Three Young Post readers say the level of difficulty matched their in-school exams, but the question format was a surprise.

Candace Kwan, 18, St Paul's Convent School

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Students should concentrate on content rather than exam strategies

I refer to Helen Ma's letter regarding the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education exam ('New exam tests pupils' confidence', December 12). While familiarity with the format of an exam can help increase a candidate's level of confidence, it is by no means the deciding factor. Sound knowledge of subject content is the key for success in any reliable exam.

16 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

The test is history

The spectacle of anxious parents poring over the entrance list of a reputable school to see if their child has been admitted is nothing new. The Chinese have strived for more than 1,400 years for high academic achievement.

11 Dec 2011 - 12:00am