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Letters to the Editor, February 4, 2013

Toyota Prius hybrid taxis could help reduce smog. Photo: AFP

The HK$10 billion announced in Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's policy address to "remove tens of thousands of the dirtiest vehicles from the streets" will be wasted. This measure probably came about thanks to lobbying by vested interests from the motor trade.

Monday, 4 February, 2013, 3:02am 3 comments

Public schools are for officials' kids, too

Public schools are for officials' kids, too

I have a sure way to improve the quality of our public school system. Let's force our senior officials who are parents, especially those in charge of education policy, to send their children to government and publicly funded schools. If it's good enough for us, it ought to be for them.

2 Feb 2013 - 6:08am 7 comments

Public schools may give families in Hong Kong priority

Eddie Ng Hak-kim. Photo: David Wong

Admissions priority for local families is among measures being considered in response to pressure on public school places from Hong Kong-born children living on the mainland.

Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim revealed the possible option yesterday but gave no timeframe - despite the long queues of families seeking Primary One admissions in the past weekend.

22 Jan 2013 - 7:33am 9 comments

Indian teachers fear postcards from irate parents

Children rush to get a free school meal. Photo: AP

Teachers in government schools live in fear of the humble postcard.

In the hands of poor parents in the Indian capital who find that a teacher isn't listening to their complaints, the postcard is a powerful weapon.

8 Oct 2012 - 2:53pm

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

Bid to raise fees at nine direct subsidy schools

At least a tenth of the city's semi-private direct subsidy schools aim to raise fees for the next academic year.

The Education Bureau says that of Monday, 24 of the roughly 80 such schools have informed it about their fee plans. Nine have applied to increase their fees, while 15 will leave them unchanged.

4 May 2012 - 12:00am

New government must reform education

The division of Hong Kong's education system into local and expatriate schools is a legacy of the colonial era from which we are still struggling to extricate ourselves.

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Rural preschool reforms welcome

Headline criticism of the mainland's education system tends to focus on stifling university bureaucracy, conformity, corruption and academic irregularities. This overlooks the case for reform from bottom to top, starting with kindergartens.

6 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Rural preschools top priority

The central government has pledged 50 billion yuan (HK$61 billion) over the next five years to develop preschools in rural areas of underdeveloped western regions and in some impoverished areas in central China.

2 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Closures penalise children of migrant parents

If it were not for the order to close certain schools in Beijing, migrant worker Li Meihong would not even think of sending her nine-year-old son to her hometown of Zhuozhou in Hebei province - a painful decision for mother and child.

21 Aug 2011 - 12:00am