A tale of two scholars

Yvonne Cheung, 12, hopes to study architecture. Photo: Jonathan Wong

This is a tale of two students: Yvonne Cheung Yi and Angus Ku Yip-hung. Both attend free government-aided schools, and their parents recognise a good education is crucial for a better life. That is about all they have in common.

Tuesday, 2 April, 2013, 10:37am

Principals can be flexible about taking time for family trips

Principals can be flexible about taking time for family trips

My two children attend an international primary school that has guidelines against taking pupils out of school in term time. In six months time, my family will celebrate my grandfather's 90th birthday, and we will all unite in England. I'm anxious about asking to take my children out of school for two weeks. Can I ask the teacher to set some work?

19 Mar 2013 - 10:09am

How to go about setting up a PTA

There are many ways for parents to get involved in their children's schools. Photo: David Wong

My sister in Canada is very active in her children's school through a PTA group. My children's school here has no such group. What do they do and how I can form one?

5 Mar 2013 - 5:11pm

Whole-child teaching

Teachers, learning support assistants, administration Generations Christian Education

An educational institution with 26 years' history has positions open from classroom teaching to administration.

26 May 2012 - 12:00am

Why can't my girl wait in the playground after school?

My daughter has to stay after school for her drawing class, and the teachers won't let her play in the playground. My helper is there looking after her, and this seems ridiculous. What's the problem?

1 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Compulsory drug tests should not be implemented in schools

The teenage drug abuse problem has become serious.

There have been a number of news reports about youngsters selling and taking drugs in schools and at entertainment venues.

Some people have suggested the need to have compulsory drug tests in schools, however, I do not think this is a good idea.

4 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

School nets cut may save some from closure

The number of school nets within which primary school graduates are allocated to secondary schools is set to be reduced in a move that could save some struggling schools from closure.

6 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Unions decry proposals over caps for class sizes

Government plans 'betray meaning of small-class teaching'

Government plans to limit the size of Primary One classes came under fire yesterday from the two main teaching unions, which said they did not go far enough and 'betray the meaning of small-class teaching'.

26 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

25 per class? That's 40 more schools, says Michael Suen

Hong Kong will need to hire 3,000 extra teachers and build 40 schools to implement small-class teaching in all primary schools, the education secretary said yesterday.

Michael Suen Ming-yeung said more than HK$1 billion would be added to the education budget if all schools had just 25 pupils in a class.

12 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Plan to extend free schooling, limit class sizes

Fees set to be waived from next September for students in Form Four to Form Seven

The chief executive yesterday tackled two of the thorniest issues in education when he fleshed out plans for 12 years of free education and set out a timetable for reducing primary class sizes.

11 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Small-class millions unclaimed by schools

Low take-up of cash for disadvantaged blamed on fears of being 'labelled'

Schools are being urged to join a programme for smaller classes aimed at disadvantaged children after millions of dollars went unclaimed in its first year.

11 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Axe hangs over more schools in the villages

Amid purge on under-enrolment, Legco motion seeks a reduction in class size

The Education and Manpower Bureau has started another phase-out of under-enrolled primary schools just as a Legco motion calls for the reduction of class sizes to 25.

2 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Creative factor

A pioneering educator has bent old habits to make learning fun

Children today do far more in school than just cover the formal curriculum. They hear authors read from newly published novels, learn about healthy eating, attend after-school drama clubs, receive Aids awareness instruction and learn traditional arts.

30 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Educators question online plan

An ambitious plan to develop online learning facilities in rural schools throughout the country has been greeted with scepticism.

31 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

Mass-poisoning fears halt school snacks

Snacks will no longer be provided to primary and secondary school students in Beijing in an effort to cut the number of mass poisoning cases in the capital, the education commission has announced.

In recent years, the municipal government has handed out milk, bread, yoghurt and other snacks during breaks to improve children's diets.

21 Jul 2003 - 12:00am