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  • Dec 21, 2014
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Gender imbalance remains a problem

On the same day it was revealed that a Shanghai high school got the go-ahead from the municipal education bureau to run two all-boys' classes, the authorities reported that the ratio of newborn boys to every 100 girls born on the mainland last year was 117.78.

Thursday, 5 April, 2012, 12:00am

Cash 'can stop 100,000 abortions'

The Indian government believes that a new scheme offering poor families a cash incentive to rear their baby daughters, aimed at curbing the aborting of female fetuses, may save 100,000 lives in the first year.

8 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Across the Universe

Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson

Director: Julie Taymor

Category: IIA

28 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Girl hanged herself because of test results, schoolmate says

A nine-year-old girl who hanged herself at home did so because she was disappointed with her test results, a classmate said yesterday.

Ada Wong Tsz-ling, who had been top of the class at Buddhist Lam Bing Yim Memorial School when she was in Primary One and Two, received her results on Wednesday.

18 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Gender gap threat to be felt by 2012, report says

The damaging effects of an escalating, male-dominated gender gap on social stability and economic growth will be felt on the mainland by 2012, according to a new demographic report.

1 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Days of one-child policy are hopefully numbered

A proposal to toughen mainland laws against sex-selective abortions raises sensitive issues. Hopefully, however, it is another sign that the days of the one-child policy, which is at the root of them, are numbered. Current laws on sex-selective abortions are toothless because they do not specify penalties.

26 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Dream date

With Valentine's Day only two days away, we took the opportunity to ask teens what they look for in a boyfriend or girlfriend.

Appearance was high on the list, but it didn't count for everything.

Sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Biddle from the German Swiss International School said that if a relationship is to last, it must be based on more than just looks.

12 Feb 2006 - 12:00am





If 2002's sweeping, sombre Sea Change was the sound of the break-up, Guero is the glorious rebound.

27 Mar 2005 - 12:00am


Modern Cautionary Verse for Young Children

Sally Andersen and Louise Soloway Chan ($80)

I suspect everyone grew up knowing at least one of the children in Sally Andersen's book. Tilly, the girl who played with matches, Mandy, who ate her mother's pills thinking they were sweets, and Freddie, who leant out of windows.

29 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

Lesson in equality

The Education Department's policy of making it harder for girls to get into good secondary schools than boys because they tend to do better academically was patently unfair, as the High Court pointed out last month.

9 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Academic battle of the sexes

Lee Yuen-mei scored seven distinctions in her Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination in 1983, breezed through university and landed a job at the Trade Development Council. When she was 25, she tried to study law but gave up - she found that her 'learning curve' had dropped.

31 Aug 1999 - 12:00am