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Small-class teaching

Don't deny students in need the benefits of small-class teaching

The administration of Donald Tsang Yam-kuen introduced small-class teaching in Hong Kong's primary schools several years ago, yet the current government seems to be resisting the same approach in secondary schools.

Thursday, 4 April, 2013, 3:17am 5 comments

Budget got it wrong on education

The responses from the Hong Kong community to Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah's budget have not been very positive. As an educator, I am also concerned about the resources the government devotes to nurturing the next generation.

4 Mar 2013 - 3:27am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, November 26, 2012

HK's economy benefits from beef monopoly

There have been calls, because of rising prices, for the scrapping of the monopoly of the sole distributor of mainland cattle in Hong Kong, Ng Fung Hong.

The company has raised the wholesale price of cattle five times this year and this has not been well-received by the public.

26 Nov 2012 - 2:58am 9 comments

Tiny Almitas school leaves pupils more relaxed, say parents

Parents who send their children to an unconventional school that has just 11 pupils say the youngsters now return home less moody and more relaxed.

But the tiny-class approach at the Almitas Academy - founded by Yeo Peck Leng, wife of executive councillor Bernard Chan, for their own two children - has not impressed everyone.

26 Nov 2012 - 4:22am 1 comment

Briefs, November 18, 2012

Passenger dies after collapsing on bus

A 66-year-old man collapsed on the lower deck of an 8P KMB bus heading to the Star Ferry Pier in Tsim Sha Tsui early yesterday morning. He had head injuries and was rushed unconscious to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he was certified dead.


HK$20,000 in 'cocaine and ketamine' seized

18 Nov 2012 - 4:58am

Teachers reject government offer on cutting class sizes

A government offer to cut class sizes from the current average of 34 pupils to 31 was yesterday rejected by teachers, who say they are fighting for the stability of the education system.

14 Nov 2012 - 4:40am 2 comments

Officials vow not to lay off teachers

No "excess" teachers will be laid off because of dropping pupil enrolments at secondary schools in the next few years, officials vowed yesterday.

The announcement came after Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and Education Secretary Eddie Ng Hak-kim met an alliance of school principals.

10 Nov 2012 - 4:03am

Education minister pledges to protect teacher jobs

With student enrolment expected to shrink for the next few years, the education chief eased hiring rules on Friday to safeguard teachers’ jobs in Hong Kong schools.

Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim announced a revision of the headcount mechanism that determines how many teachers secondary schools can hire.

9 Nov 2012 - 7:43pm 1 comment

School principals call for smaller classes

About 200 school principals protested outside the Legislative Council on Friday in an unprecedented show of unity in calling for smaller classes.

Hong Kong secondary school class sizes remain relatively large – 34 students per class on average – despite a long discussion in the sector about introducing small-class education amid falling enrolments.

2 Nov 2012 - 5:38pm 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, October 28, 2012

Hypocritical views on mainlanders

I find it somewhat shameful to see both Hong Kong Chinese and expatriates using the word "mainlander" in similar vein to the word "vermin".

28 Oct 2012 - 3:10am 1 comment