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World news in brief - August 28, 2012

Britain's Daily Mail newspaper leads with the lion sighting.

Ex-boyfriend arrested in body parts case

Tuesday, 28 August, 2012, 4:53am

Education policy failure cannot be outsourced

The Supreme Court of India recently upheld the constitutional validity of the Right to Education Act that was passed in 2009, which requires both public and private schools to reserve 25per cent of places for children from low-income families.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am

Parents pay the price in grey area of school entry

Thousands of parents are learning a hard and expensive lesson about the seedier side of the education system in China's second-largest city.

Despite nine years of free compulsory schooling, young parents using their savings, often spending a small fortune, to buy flats that supposedly confer the right - or so they believe - for their children to attend elite primary schools.

5 May 2012 - 12:00am

Local schools need to raise their game

The government has been reluctant to concede that Hong Kong has a shortage of international school places for the families of expatriates, pointing to the prospect of a few thousand extra places in schools yet to be built.

12 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

The key to admissions ... is planning

Getting your child into the school of your choice often requires years of planning. Many parents make multiple applications, trying the aided sector and sought-after Direct Subsidy Scheme schools, and backing up by scouring international and other private schools.

International kindergartens

27 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Pick of the options for study abroad

AUSTRALIA

27 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Pupils face tough battle for fewer English-medium places

Primary school leavers will face a harder fight this year for Form One places at public or subvented schools which offer English-medium teaching, partly a result of the government's controversial class-cutting scheme.

15 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Parents hit with extra charge by college

The loss-making Renaissance College has become the latest international school to raise fees, putting up its charges for primary and secondary students by 5 per cent.

The private school, under the English Schools Foundation (ESF) umbrella, will also impose a one-off, non-refundable levy of HK$23,500 for all Primary One students starting in the 2012-13 academic year.

13 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Blackboard creatives

While pointing to some school governance problems that certainly need addressing, the recent Audit Commission report on Direct Subsidy Scheme (DSS) schools has triggered public condemnation of these schools in the absence of proper examination of the quality of education they provide. This risks throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

15 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

80pc of kindergartens apply for fee increases

Nearly 80 per cent of kindergartens - 741 out of 950 - have applied to increase their school fees for the coming academic year.

Meanwhile, six have applied for a fee reduction and 163 will freeze their fees, the Education Bureau said.

21 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Private teachers 'paid with public money'

The top education official in Suining, Sichuan, and a headmaster at one of its schools have been accused of using public money to pay teachers at two schools operated by a company they run.

3 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

How the different countries stack up

AUSTRALIA Primary education is designed to give a sound education in key areas, including English, maths, studies of society and the environment, science, arts, languages, and health and physical education. There is a social justice theme of tolerance towards other cultures. Schools typically offer English language programmes for international students.

12 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

education gap

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions:

1 What are school debentures?

a. part of the curriculum

b. part of school fees

c. long-term debt instruments which schools sell to parents and companies to raise funds

d. the shares on the stock exchange

2 Why do parents buy school debentures?

21 Feb 2014 - 6:41pm

Public education, local in all but name

It is one of Hong Kong's well-known secrets: many of our international schools are more local than international. Walk into one of their campuses and you're likely to see a group of local students conversing in native Cantonese.

3 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Get the best of British education

Britain has long been a popular destination for HKCEE graduates to continue their education. Most of these students go on to study at universities in Britain and all students, regardless of academic ability, are well-catered for. Katherine Forestier, director of education, science and society at the British Council Hong Kong, gives the details on studying in Britain.

5 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

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