Liberal studies teachers must beware danger of tying grades to politics

Foreign domestic workers protesting for the right of abode at the Court of Final Appeal. Photo: Sam Tsang

Last week, a group of high school students in New York state were given a writing assignment to argue why Jews are evil. Their five-paragraph essay must demonstrate their ability to "think like a Nazi" using evidence from the Third Reich government propaganda. It was an exercise meant to link English class with a history lesson on the Holocaust; instead, it caused an uproar among parents, educators and the Jewish community.

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Special-needs pupil relishes 'more relevant' system

No one got a prized 5** grade, but the atmosphere at the Red Cross John F. Kennedy Centre was nonetheless jubilant yesterday as pupils with disabilities learnt of how they performed in the first HKDSE exams.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Liberal studies makes the grade

Pupils' dread gave way to the exhilaration of examination officials yesterday after results showed more than nine out of 10 who took the new and much-criticised liberal studies exam got passing scores.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

The right balance

If you read some media reports last week, you might think that, as chairman of the Antiquities Advisory Board, I colluded with the government and arranged that the board would vote to redevelop the west wing of the old government offices in Central. This is not really what happened, and I would like to set the record straight.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Advisory body begs chairman to stay

Heritage advisers issued a collective statement yesterday urging their head, Bernard Chan, to stay, insisting that none of them did wrong in the heritage grading process for the former government headquarters in Central.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Dishonest testing is unfair

According to the article 'Pressure on teachers to 'rig exam scores'' (SCMP, May 7), some teachers at the Vocational Training Council try to rig exam scores and give test tips to students. Their aim is to boost overall pass rates as their contracts depend on students' success.

18 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

West wing grading 'not final'

The head of the Antiquities Advisory Board, who cast a deciding vote on the heritage rating of a former government building that is slated for demolition, says the decision has yet to be confirmed.

16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Full findings on old government site withheld

Detailed recommendations by an expert panel which concluded that the former government headquarters 'should not be dismembered' have not been provided to heritage advisers due to meet to discuss the Central landmark's future tomorrow.

13 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Cruel exams for primary school pupils have become a lottery

Readers might think that 15.5 per cent and 29.4 per cent on exam papers were marks for students of low ability, but in this case they would be wrong.

They are a selection of Hong Kong schools' percentage marks on 2011 Territory-wide System Assessment (TSA) Primary Six exam papers.

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

When school envy strikes, ask yourself if the class is really greener

I was quite happy with my daughter's primary school until last week when I visited my friend's son's school. It was really lovely and spacious with lots of expensive equipment, and now I am wondering whether I made the right choice. Is this kind of second-guessing common?

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Look at the bigger heritage picture

Fresh hopes have been raised that an office block of the former government headquarters in Central may escape demolition. Antiquities experts have reached a consensus that the entire complex deserves the top heritage grading for better conservation.

17 May 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

New test 'simpler but no surprise'

After a controversial build-up, 70,000 high school pupils sat the first liberal studies exam yesterday, coming to grips with thorny issues and, in some cases, toning down their answers to avoid 'agitating' markers.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

English tests for trainee teachers

The Institute of Education, which specialises in training teachers, is fighting back against the declining level of English literacy by making all students take an internationally recognised examination.

17 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Give students cash for exam checks, Legco told

Students from poor backgrounds who want their papers re-marked after they sit the controversial new Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education exam should be given cash help, lawmakers say.

The first diploma exams, involving 70,000 students, will begin later this month and legislators expect a surge in the number of students wanting their papers looked at again.

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am