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Mathematics Education

Is maths necessary? Well, up to a point

'Is algebra necessary?' That is the title of one of the most-read opinion pieces written by a political science professor in The New York Times this week.

Tuesday, 4 September, 2012, 10:57am

Carrying the cost

Leung King-sing, a father with four children, is upset at rising textbook prices, which have deprived him of the chance to go on overseas trips with his family. The last time the Leungs, who live in Fanling, went away together was three years ago, for a stint in Beijing. Now, the money goes on textbooks.

23 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

Make sure reasons for going to a maths centre add up

My friend sends both her children to a maths tutorial centre and tells me this has made all the difference to their achievement in school. My son is struggling a bit; should I do the same?

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Adding to maths? You know the drill

Klement Choi Man-ian is still hooked on maths.

A Form One pupil, he has been getting extra training in the subject for seven years, and instead of feeling burnt out, he couldn't be more into it.

'I like the subject very much, I find it challenging and I feel a sense of satisfaction in mastering every problem that comes my way,' Klement says.

2 Oct 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

Maths courses in schools must focus on real-world situations

Under the revamped New Secondary School academic structure, students must attain Level 2 in mathematics as a condition for entry to universities. Some believe that this would deprive liberal arts-focused students of university education even if they met all other entry requirements.

20 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Hedge fund pursues child maths prodigy

After Horatio Boedihardjo's paper was posted on Plus Magazine's website, the teenager was bombarded with job offers from a hedge fund, his dad said.

3 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Q & A

My son is in Year Eight and he has just received his end of year report. In it, we have been informed that next year he will be moved into one of the lowest sets in mathematics. As a result of this he is very upset and demotivated and although mathematics has never been one of his strongest subjects I would like to know how I can help him in this area.

29 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Prize money to improve maths studies among Chinese

Prize money of 415,000 yuan is up for grabs for aspiring Chinese mathematics students from around the world, in a push to improve maths studies in the Chinese-speaking world.

14 Sep 2007 - 12:00am