Sha Tin Christian school forsakes Bible studies for national education

A Sha Tin Christian school will cancel two weekly morning assemblies - which include Bible studies - to make way for national education.

The move by Baptist Lui Ming Choi Primary School has upset parents who chose it for its religious character.

Thursday, 30 August, 2012, 3:36am

US soldiers ignored warnings by Afghan colleagues not to burn Korans

An Afghan holds a copy of a half-burnt Koran, allegedly set on fire by US soldiers. Photo: AFP

In the most detailed account of an incident that triggered deadly riots across Afghanistan, a Pentagon probe revealed how hundreds of Korans were hurled into an incinerator by US soldiers who ignored repeated urging by Afghan colleagues not to do so.

29 Aug 2012 - 4:26am

Hot spots: Villa Samadhi, Kuala Lumpur

Hot spots: Villa Samadhi, Kuala Lumpur

2 Sep 2012 - 1:58pm

Vatican's interfaith chief defends Pakistani girl detained for burning Koran verses

French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran yesterday went to the defence of a young Pakistani girl accused of blasphemy, stressing that she "cannot read or write".

Rimsha, whose age is between 11 and 16 based on various reports, is accused of burning pages from a children's religious instruction book inscribed with verses from the Koran. She was arrested and remanded in custody last Thursday.

26 Aug 2012 - 4:59am

Hong Kong class boycotts over Moral and National Education plan averted

Schools are unlikely to introduce classes in moral and national education in the next three years, making a threat by teachers to boycott such classes next month moot, a leading opponent of the planned curriculum says.

Eva Chan Sik-chee, co-founder of the Parents Concern Group on National Education, was speaking after talks with three major school sponsoring bodies.

27 Aug 2012 - 9:12pm

Myanmar has barred Rohingya from mosques since start of Ramadan

This man, with fellow Rohingya Muslim refugees, pleads for help after their boat was intercepted by Bangladeshi border guards. Photo: AP

Myanmar's security forces barred Muslim Rohingya from worshipping in mosques across Rakhine state since the start of Ramadan, said people with knowledge of the matter.

The ban started in the third week of last month at the start of the Muslim fasting month. It is ongoing even with the end this week of Eid ul-Fitr, the festival that marks the close of Ramadan.

23 Aug 2012 - 4:12am

Expansionist Anglicans channel HK spirit

When developers tear down heritage sites, they are out to make a buck. But when churches do the same, behold, they are doing God's work. So shut up.

31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Pot calls kettle black in education row

I don't know if it's really a good idea to add national education to our children's heavy workload. As a parent, I think it will be a waste of time. But calling it brainwashing seems like an exaggeration. Any material that publishers come up with will be accused of bias.

28 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Sculpture exhibition inspired by 'energy of Hong Kong' whips up a storm of interest

According to Richard Zawitz, the atrium of Central's IFC mall is a magical place that inspires creativity. Even more so now that an exhibition of his sculptures, called 'Infinity and Tao', is on show there.

'I dedicated this show to the power and energy of Hong Kong, but I didn't wish for a typhoon 10 [signal],' he joked. 'I only wanted a No 3 - that was the maximum.'

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Gulammohammed Sheikh

Paintings (including City of Statues, left) by the Indian artist-poet-educator-art historian, many of which focus on human dwellings. Mon-Fri, 10am-6.30pm, Sat, 10am-6pm, Hanart TZ Gallery, 407 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder St, Central. Inquiries: 2526 9019. Ends Jul 31

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

More schools delay national studies

More school-sponsoring bodies have decided not to implement the controversial national education curriculum this September, but they say they are taking advantage of the government's own timetable, not dragging their feet.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

National education controversy

Two Christian organisations will not introduce the controversial national education subject in their primary schools in September.

The opposition to the subject by Sheng Kung Hui - Hong Kong's Anglican Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong comes as people and groups are calling for it to be scrapped.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Catholic schools delay national education too

Catholic schools will shun the government's invitation to introduce national education, a day after two other Christian bodies asked for more time to implement the policy.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Christian schools skip national education

Two Christian organisations will not introduce the controversial national education subject in their primary schools in September.

The opposition by Sheng Kung Hui - Hong Kong's Anglican Church - and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong comes as many people and groups are calling for the course to be scrapped.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

'Bishop's move could embolden others'

The unusual declaration by newly ordained Shanghai auxiliary bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin that he was quitting his posts in the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association may inspire other government-sanctioned bishops to show more independence, analysts and mainland clergymen said.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am