The Ragged Edge of the World

The Ragged Edge of the World by Eugene Linden (read by Luis Moreno) Recorded Books (audiobook)

Sunday, 29 July, 2012, 12:00am


Three cheers for small-class teaching

I support the proposal for small-class teaching in some schools.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

The price of an education


Two weeks ago, the government failed in its attempt to force publishers to cut the rising cost of school textbooks by separating the sales of textbooks and free teaching materials.

22 May 2012 - 12:00am

Look to e-learning in textbook row

Education remains one of the most contentious policy areas in Hong Kong for a number of reasons: spoon-fed teaching, rigid curriculums, competitive exams, endless reforms. The escalating row between the government and publishers over textbook prices adds to the long list of problems in our much-criticised education system.

11 May 2012 - 12:00am

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles Mann Alfred A Knopf (e-book)

2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Publishers move to end textbook row

Publishers have agreed to separate sales of school textbooks from teaching materials in three key subjects, starting next year.

Their union announced the concession yesterday after education chief Michael Suen Ming-yeung warned that the government could publish school textbooks itself to break their monopoly.

22 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Reversing the logical order of history

Twenty years after proclaiming the end of history, Francis Fukuyama has returned to his favourite subject. His new book, The Origins of Political Order, is a fascinating, sweeping chronicle of man's political development - and the re-engagement seems to have had a sobering effect.

19 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Royalties blamed for textbook wrangle

The row over textbook prices dragged on yesterday, with publishers saying it was virtually impossible to separate existing books from teaching materials because of royalties.

Wong Wai-man, president of the Educational Publishers Association, said it involved complicated renegotiation of royalties with copyright holders.

8 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

School textbook prices to rise by up to 5pc

Textbook publishers gave the government a poke in the eye yesterday by announcing a price rise of up to five per cent this year.

The Anglo-Chinese Textbook Publishers Organisation and Hong Kong Educational Publishers Association said textbook prices had already been frozen for two school years and they had no choice but to increase prices in the face of rising inflation.

5 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

It pays to learn from books, not photocopies

If we were to compare Hong Kong universities with their peer institutions abroad, what single difference would be most apparent? The lack of textbooks here.

22 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Somebody Else's Century

Somebody Else's Century by Patrick Smith Pantheon Books HK$208

17 Oct 2010 - 12:00am


Should mainland maids be allowed to work in Hong Kong?

Many families employ foreign domestic helpers to handle household affairs, as well as to take care of children and elderly relatives.

2 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Parents face bigger textbook bill

Parents of senior secondary one pupils under the new education structure have to pay more for textbooks, the Consumer Council says.

The watchdog collected data from 49 primary and 41 secondary schools for its annual survey. The average textbook expenditure for a first-year senior secondary pupil was HK$2,453, an increase of 3.1 per cent on last year.

17 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Global outlook essential to companies of all sizes

Jia-Bin Duh graduated from the Kellogg-HKUST Executive MBA programme in 2006. Before taking the course, he held the positions of president of Microsoft (China) and president of Cisco Systems (China). He is now chairman of Mobinnova.

21 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Textbook publishers need to be monitored by bureau

The recent controversy about the steep rise in textbook prices concerns parents a lot. As a father of two school-age children, I pay around HK$4,000 for their textbooks every year.

1 May 2009 - 12:00am