Quality Education Fund

Officials' zeal pays off

With its usual vigour, the Audit Commission has unearthed a string of bureaucratic blunders in another set of value-for-money studies. This time round, the most costly mistake was about, of all things, the definition of a street.

Thursday, 22 November, 2001, 12:00am

Students help to write wrongs

A campaign encouraging secondary school students to write letters to raise their social awareness has received a promising response.

Organisers say it could serve as a model project for schools across the territory.

10 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Business to boost education

Projects which can attract money from the business sector will be given priority by a fund set up to improve education.

The Quality Education Fund, which had accumulated $6 billion by the end of August, announced its third call for applications yesterday.

5 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Seminar on schools' award scheme

The Quality Education Fund (QEF) Secretariat will conduct a seminar for parents on Saturday to introduce the Outstanding School Awards Scheme and discuss the importance of school practices in facilitating students' all-round development.

13 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Failed applicants offered detailed explanations

Your editorial of January 14 headlined, 'On merit', said that applicants to the Quality Education Fund (QEF) were not told why their applications were rejected and that the people allocating the funds did not know the needs of individual schools.

30 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

On merit

Teachers usually fall into two categories. Some see their work as a vocation. Others see it as simply a job.

14 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Plea to triple cash awards for top teachers

Cash awards for outstanding teachers should be tripled, most members of a working group agreed yesterday.

The teachers should also be given a maximum one-year holiday as a bonus under proposals being studied by the group under the Quality Education Fund.

13 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Piecemeal changes not helping students

In recent years, several educational initiatives, such as school-based management, have been implemented. The cumulative effect they have had has baffled educators.

There is a lack of a unified vision. Many programmes for change are becoming cases of reforming for reform's sake only. It is high time we redefined our vision.

17 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Sporting note to end week

MONDAY: In the morning, I read the minutes of the subject panels' meetings and finalised applications for the Quality Education Fund.

In the afternoon, I chaired a crisis management committee meeting.

TUESDAY: Had meeting with teachers to discuss ways to improve teaching and learning.

16 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Schools' funding trials

Disgruntled educationalists are a common breed in Hong Kong and Kwok Wai-cheung is no exception. But it is not the usual job-related grievances that are getting him down this year. He is distraught, he says, because of the problems plaguing the $5 billion Quality Education Fund (QEF): For reasons unknown to him, his school was refused monetary assistance.

11 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Principal task

MONDAY: During morning assembly for Form One, I asked two girls from each class to come out and tell me what they read during the weekend and how they spent their weekend.

At the beginning of the school year, I asked students to promise me to read every day. Then I looked through proposals submitted by the teachers on Quality Education Fund applications.

2 Dec 1998 - 12:00am