Small-class teaching

Don't deny students in need the benefits of 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 HK$480 million John Tsang Chun-wah proposed to inject into the Government Scholarship Fund could be better spent on other areas of education. Photo: Edward Wong

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

It is no surprise beef prices keep rising. Photo: Martin Chan

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

Bernard Chan's wife Yeo Peck-leng, founder and supervisor of Almitas Academy. Photo: May Tse

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

Tsang Hoi-yi and Tung Man-chi, teachers teaching a class of 20 students.

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

Secondary school principals address the media. Photo: David Wong

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.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:33pm

Education minister pledges to protect teacher jobs

Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim talks to the media after meeting with secondary school principals to discuss class cuts on Friday. Photo: David Wong

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.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:33pm 1 comment

School principals call for smaller classes

Secondary school principals appeal outside Legco, demanding the government improve secondary education despite declining student numbers. Photo: Nora Tam

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

City Digest, October 22, 2012

Bank alerts police over suspicious men at ATM

Nanyang Commercial Bank staff called police shortly after midnight yesterday after a customer reported a problem when using an ATM on Nathan Road, Mong Kok. Security footage showed two men fitting a device to the ATM that police believed to be a data collector.


Woman conned into making web transfers

22 Oct 2012 - 6:16am