Programme for International Student Assessment

Education must be a prime focus for Hong Kong

Professor Esther Ho Sui-chu

Given that higher education is important to Hong Kong's future competitiveness, the expectations of the city's 15-year-olds give cause for concern. According to figures compiled by Chinese University academics from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2009, only 47.2 per cent thought they would complete a university education.

Monday, 29 April, 2013, 2:06am 1 comment

Schools in Finland good role models

Finnish children enjoy their childhood a lot thanks to the pleasant climate and environment as well as the free pre-school education provided by the local government. Photo: Xinhua

As a parent with some experience of the local education system, I must take issue with Iris Chan's comments about pressure on students ("Pressure an integral part of school system", January 2).

8 Jan 2013 - 2:57am 1 comment

A lesson in parental engagement

Between tiger mums and pussy parents, there is a third way. The new findings of Pisa, a testing programme aimed at evaluating 15-year-old students by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, are good news for everyone. Admittedly, the title 'What can parents do to help their children succeed in school?' is no match for The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.

22 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Education failings that a test can't correct

Jenny Wang graduated from university with a major in English literature and never thought her daughter, four, would be able to baffle her with a question about the language.

8 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Shanghai students rated best in world

Students in Shanghai have been ranked best in the world in the leading global study of secondary school performance - ousting their Hong Kong counterparts as the top performing Chinese-speaking region.

8 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Stereotyping still strong

Gender stereotypes are still affecting the performance of boys and girls in maths and reading, an OECD study has found.

Boys do better in maths by age 15 in all but eight countries taking part in the organisation's Programme for International Student Assessment, despite them doing equally well at the end of primary school, according to the study released this week.

29 May 2009 - 12:00am

'Bureau's fault' if HK misses out in Pisa test

The Education Bureau must accept responsibility if Hong Kong fails to qualify to take part in the 4th Programme for International Student Assessment test, a local assessor in charge of it warned yesterday.

7 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Schools agree to join international study

Hong Kong's bid to enter a major intellectual attainment study has been saved after schools pitched in at the last moment.

The South China Morning Post reported yesterday that the territory was at risk of being excluded from the 4th Programme of International Student Assessment (Pisa) test.

4 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

City's education ranking in peril

Hong Kong is running the risk of being excluded from a major international intellectual attainment study because of the reluctance of schools to take part.

The city ranked second in science and third in reading and maths in the 2006 Programme of International Student Assessment (Pisa) test out of 57 countries.

3 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

HK chosen as case study to gauge effect of Pisa on education policy

Hong Kong is playing a key role in a major impact study on the Programme for International Student Assessment.

The city has been chosen as one of six countries and regions to be used as an in-depth case study to judge the effectiveness of the literacy test's long-term influence on education policy around the world.

5 Jul 2008 - 12:00am


Geneticists' 'Frankenstein' science fails to respect equality and human dignity

16 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

CUHK seminar to analyse study implications

Several hundred educators and education officials are to meet at Chinese University on Monday to analyse the policy implications of an international study of 15-year-olds' reading, maths and science skills.

8 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Rethink of language policy urged

Test results prompt call for review

The language-of-instruction policy is failing to develop truly bilingual students and should be revised, the head of the Chinese University team involved in a global study of student performance said yesterday.

6 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

HK teens up with the world's best at reading and maths

Hong Kong teenagers, who learned last week that a major international study has ranked them second in the world in science, can now add maths and reading to the list.

The third Programme of International Student Assessment (Pisa) ranks Hong Kong 15-year-olds third in reading and equal third in mathematics out of 57 countries and regions surveyed.

5 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

HK must give its pupils all-round skills

Hong Kong pupils' high rankings in maths, science and reading skills have been confirmed in global survey after survey. These authoritative studies compare the foundational academic skills of students globally, and our students frequently come out on top, or close to it.

5 Dec 2007 - 12:00am