Leung tries to placate angry parents

The chief executive yesterday sought to reassure the thousands of people who demonstrated against national education on Sunday, as a survey showed that the issue has damaged many Hongkongers' view of their new government.

Tuesday, 31 July, 2012, 12:00am

Do standardised tests measure your abilities?

Melody Cheung, 16, St Paul's Secondary School

Open your eyes and look around. Tests are usually standardised. As a student, you will have taken many academic, sports and music tests.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Public support for Tang plunges as scandal hits

Popular support for scandal-hit chief executive hopeful Henry Tang Ying-yen plunged 5 percentage points this week to 21.3 per cent of respondents in the latest survey co-commissioned by the South China Morning Post.

18 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Opinion doesn't count any more

Reputation is everything in the opinion polling business. Baptist University has lost whatever esteem it had with its flawed survey on public sentiment towards chief executive candidates Leung Chun-ying and Henry Tang Ying-yen. Professor Zhao Xinshu, the dean of its school of communications and director of its fledgling research centre, has sensibly resigned from the posts, citing misjudgment.

8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Health bites

It's not you, it's us

25 Oct 2011 - 12:00am


Let's embrace the concept of HQ

Many people believe that someone with a high IQ and EQ stands more of a chance to succeed. It is true that high levels of IQ and EQ help you tackle problems better.

3 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

No cheats found, but plenty forget procedure

There were no cases of cheating reported in this year's A-level exams, but the number of reports of irregularities nearly doubled that of last year.

Four cases of cheating were reported last year, whereas from 2006 to 2008, there were also no cases.

30 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Caution the key when checking people's pulse

What do we think? To find out, politicians and policymakers often consult opinion polls. Done properly, they give an accurate portrait of a community's attitudes, beliefs, opinions and preferences. But what are we to make of the dozen or so surveys leading up to tomorrow's vote by legislators on the government's electoral reforms? Contradictions abound.

22 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Department enhances staff skills with training and courses

One benefit of a career in the Census and Statistics Department is that it guarantees extensive training and exposure. It also allows employees to tailor this training to their own career objectives.

24 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Yes, many of our children are taking drugs. The main question is why?

Once again, our bureaucrats show us they are living in another world.

What is the logic of the voluntary drug test scheme in [selected] schools? If I were a student and had recently used drugs, I would either refuse to take the test or simply admit it. Why the bother? Who are the tests for? Pupils who are clean or those who are idiotic?

20 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Mainland wages hi-tech war in bid to foil examination cheats

Mainland education authorities are using hi-tech gadgets in a cat-and-mouse game of cracking down on pervasive cheating in the National College Entrance Exam, which started yesterday across the country.

Invigilators in Beijing called in a wireless squad yesterday for the first time to check for all abnormal radio waves around the test centres.

8 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

In Brief

Reform go-ahead urged

6 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Survivors face their next big test

Up to 82,000 high school graduates in the Sichuan earthquake zone are taking the most important exam of their lives - the university entrance examination - in prefabricated barracks and other temporary structures starting from today.

3 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Students get break over power cut

The tests of more than 800 A-level students are to be marked leniently after a power cut in Kowloon East disrupted their Chinese-language listening exam in April, the exams authority said yesterday.

25 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Unexpected doping test for star paddler

Li Ching, Hong Kong's top table tennis player, had some surprise guests at training yesterday. Officials from the World Anti Doping Agency (Wada) came calling at Tai Po Sports Centre, asking Li (pictured) to provide a urine sample.

19 Jun 2008 - 12:00am