Primary School

Winning a primary school place: it's a lottery

Securing the primary school of choice for your child is akin to winning the lottery.

Next month is an important one for parents across the territory: it's when they find out if their children will be able to attend Primary One at their preferred school, under the government's Primary One Admission System.

Monday, 13 May, 2013, 9:42am

How to lighten the load of your child's book bag

Choose a rucksack that has padded straps on the shoulders and around the waist. Photo: Edward Wong

My daughter is in Year Two and her school bag is so heavy that I have to carry it for her. Some of her books and folders have half a year's work in and she has to take these to school most days. It's ridiculous that she has to carry so much.

7 May 2013 - 11:38am 2 comments

Don't deny students in need the benefits of small-class teaching

Don't deny students in need the benefits of small-class teaching

The administration of Donald Tsang Yam-kuen introduced small-class teaching in Hong Kong's primary schools several years ago, yet the current government seems to be resisting the same approach in secondary schools.

4 Apr 2013 - 3:17am 5 comments

Six officials sacked over primary school knife attack in Henan

A mother shows a slashed coat hood and a father displays a bloody shirt in explaining how their sons were hurt in a knife attack. Photos: AFP

Six government employees have been punished for last Friday's attack on a primary school in Henan by a knife-wielding man who injured 23 pupils.

Members of the public had been asking why there was no security at the Chenpeng village primary school, in Guangshan county, and how the suspect could have rampaged through it for so long before being subdued.

19 Dec 2012 - 3:18am

Knifeman attacked children at Henan school unhindered for 30 minutes

The mentally ill man who punched and slashed 23 people - mostly children - in a Henan province primary school on Friday rampaged through the premises for more than half an hour before he was stopped.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:41am

Tin Hau school first to adopt official Montessori education

The International Montessori School. Photo: May Tse

Montessori kindergartens are common across Hong Kong but there is only one primary school using the internationally adopted teaching approach.

The International Montessori School in Tin Hau recently became only the second accredited primary school in Asia. The other one is in Japan.

3 Dec 2012 - 5:43am 2 comments

Primary six pupils will suffer fewer testing times

Primary Six pupils will take only one public test instead of two in the coming three years as the Education Bureau tries to ease the pressure on them.

Depending on the year, they will sit either the Territory-Wide System Assessment (TSA) or the Hong Kong Attainment Test (HKAT), but not both, as at present.

16 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Schools urged to learn from stampede

The Ministry of Education issued an emergency circular yesterday calling on all schools to draw a lesson from the stampede in Aksu, Xinjiang, which left 41 students injured on Monday.

The ministry has repeatedly issued specific requirements to prevent stampedes, but some schools are still ignoring them, according to the circular.

1 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Teacher stabs 16 pupils in Guangdong

A knife-wielding teacher in western Guangdong stabbed 16 primary schoolchildren and one of their teachers yesterday, causing severe injuries.

29 Apr 2010 - 12:00am


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4 May 2008 - 12:00am

A fifth of primary schools on target

A fifth of primary schools last year ran Primary One classes almost as small or even smaller than the proposed small-class level, according to enrolment figures on the official school profile lists.

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen this week announced plans to cut class sizes in 'suitable primary schools' to 25 students in their 2009 Primary One admission.

13 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Principal fired after controversy

The principal of a primary school embroiled in controversy for cancelling its through-train scheme earlier this year has been sacked for misconduct.

Spokeswoman for St Mark's Primary School, Shirley Woo Suet-lai, said yesterday principal Woo Ka-lam was dismissed with immediate effect on August 2 by the school council.

4 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Test raises fear of 'stressed out' pupils

Allocation system means primary learners could be drilled more for sake of schools' reputations

Primary school principals yesterday warned that the drilling of pupils was likely to increase for a test that helps determine the proportion of each school's pupils eligible for top secondary schools in subsequent years.

19 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Proposal limits pupils' school choices

Primary Six pupils covered by a new 'through-train' scheme should be allowed only one chance to choose a secondary school other than their school's sister school, according to a new proposal.

4 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

Through-train schools blow

Only about one fifth of schools will forge 'through-train' primary-to-secondary links and scrap entry examinations, a high-level education liaison team said yesterday.

The Examinations Authority was commissioned to conduct basic competency assessments in Chinese, English and mathematics for students from Primary Three to Secondary Three.

23 Feb 2001 - 12:00am