Michael Suen Ming-Yeung

Elite schools perpetuate inequalities

It was the annual tears of joy and bitter disappointment for tens of thousands of children and their parents earlier this month when they were told whether they had been accepted into their secondary schools of choice.

Monday, 30 July, 2012, 12:00am

Tributes and a triumph as old make way for the new

There was a rare buzz around the government headquarters in Admiralty yesterday as top officials packed their bags to make way for Leung Chun-ying's team.

With Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's term finishing at midnight tonight, those who are not staying on - either because they didn't want to or because they weren't asked - prepared for life away from government.

30 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Suen warns C.Y. not to push too hard

Outgoing Education Secretary Michael Suen Ming-yeung suggested yesterday that chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying might face difficulties if he tries to push his ambitious policies through the bureaucracy too quickly.

23 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Electronic textbooks should help lower costs

Secretary for Education Michael Suen Ming-yeung is relying on electronic textbooks to reduce costs for parents.

Last year, Suen said the bureau would fix flaws in the market. His warning came after publishers refused to separate the sale of students' textbooks from teaching materials within a year, which officials believed could lower textbook prices.

16 May 2012 - 12:00am

Wrong war waged against publishers

Michael Suen Ming-yeung's tenure as secretary for education has been lacklustre. But he must have thought his declaration of war last year on textbook publishers would earn kudos from parents and critics. It looked that way for a while until the publishers thumbed their noses at him.

9 May 2012 - 12:00am

HK$50m boost for e-textbooks

A HK$50 million subsidy is set to help not-for-profit publishers develop electronic textbooks in an attempt to rectify the distorted industry, which is dominated by a few big players, Secretary for Education Michael Suen Ming-yeung says.

8 May 2012 - 12:00am

Suen accuses hospital of failure to protect privacy

Secretary for Education Michael Suen Ming-yeung has accused Queen Mary Hospital of failing to protect his medical records when he had a tumour removed last month.

8 May 2012 - 12:00am

Suen leaves hospital again vowing to 'finish the job'

Education secretary Michael Suen Ming-yeung played down his recent admissions to hospital as 'trivial matters' and vowed to stay on until the end of his term in June because he wants to 'finish the job'.

28 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

City Digest

Education secretary doing well in hospital

24 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Education chief loses credibility

The education chief's U-turn on his pledge to fight the monopoly on textbook publishing has once again let down parents and students. Six months ago, Michael Suen Ming-yeung appeared to be determined to get it right.

19 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

City Digest

EOC slams progress on aiding ethnic pupils

11 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Lai See

The real trouble with those pesky 'historical legacies'

Secretary for Education Michael Suen Ming-yeung raised a few hackles recently with his comments that the funding issue surrounding the English Schools Foundation (ESF) was, 'a problem arising from a historical legacy, which needed to be resolved'.

13 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Textbook answer a long time coming

Is there nothing straightforward about Hong Kong's education system? Publishers promised last year to unbundle expensive optional supplementary teaching materials from school textbooks in 12 months, but still they have barely complied.

3 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Debundle or else ...

The government will put textbooks out to tender if publishers do not start selling textbooks and teaching materials separately within a year.

The plan was announced by Secretary for Education Michael Suen Ming-yeung on Tuesday.

2 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Suen gets tough in textbook dispute

Secretary for Education Michael Suen Ming-yeung yesterday threw down the gauntlet to school textbook publishers, saying the government would take over publishing them unless 'monopolies' get serious about selling the books and teaching materials separately.

1 Jun 2011 - 12:00am