In Hong Kong's more recent history, there is no better illustration of bureaucratic myopia and confusion of policy objectives than the government's proposal, announced by the financial secretary in his budget speech in February, to inject HK$480 million into the Government Scholarship Fund to enable outstanding students to pursue degree or teacher-training programmes in prestigious overseas universities, on condition that they come back to teach for at least two years.Sunday, 28 April, 2013, 5:02am 5 comments
The superb award-winning film Amour now showing here made me think of two things. First, that life for too many of Hong Kong's elderly is no bed of roses because, despite being one of the richest places in Asia, the government here is not doing enough to care properly for its aged and ageing population.24 Mar 2013 - 4:49am 13 comments
Dr Benny Tai Yiu-ting, an associate professor of law and the convenor of a steering committee for the rule-of-law education project, said he realised that some liberal studies teachers had insufficient legal knowledge, as became apparent during their attendance of the project's workshops.12 Feb 2013 - 6:09am
More school outings, more encouragement from teachers and less homework would make pupils happier, a survey by members of the Boys and Girls Clubs Association has found.
A total of 513 pupils from Primary Four up to Form Three were asked to rank a list of what schools could do to make their time in school more pleasant.21 Jan 2013 - 4:59am
Dawn Hochsprung was known as the open and friendly face of Sandy Hook Elementary School, a 47-year-old principal pursuing a doctorate on weekends and quick with a smile.
Victoria Soto, 27, was a first-grade teacher, who liked to tell stories about her students. She lived in a pale blue house with her mother and three siblings. She shovelled snow from an ailing neighbour's walkway.17 Dec 2012 - 6:16am
A large panda statue recently erected in the middle of a Wanjing area traffic circle has draw fire from local residents, Beijing Times reports.14 Dec 2012 - 3:59am
Across the border, corruption in education has become so pervasive that, according to recent reports, parents are forced to pay thousands of dollars, and sometimes hundreds of thousands, in "voluntary donations" or outright bribes to get a child into a school. Teachers run for-profit cram schools on the side and ask their own students to enrol.28 Nov 2012 - 5:41am 10 comments
Teachers in government schools live in fear of the humble postcard.
In the hands of poor parents in the Indian capital who find that a teacher isn't listening to their complaints, the postcard is a powerful weapon.8 Oct 2012 - 2:53pm
Jordan calls for snap poll ahead of key rally5 Oct 2012 - 4:24am
One of the seven primary schools known to be planning to teach national education announced yesterday that it would halt lessons in the contentious subject, as opposition from alumni and parents mounted.8 Sep 2012 - 7:07am
The government says it needs more time before it can release key findings of a public consultation that led to the introduction of the national education subject.27 Aug 2012 - 9:12pm
An 'alternative' private primary school started last year by a mother for her two children will be incorporating the controversial subject of national education in its curriculum as it welcomes more pupils
Yeo Peck Leng, founder of the Almitas Academy, said she felt the subject was 'very important', teaching pupils to respect the country.15 Aug 2012 - 11:11pm
In response to Dermot Cooper's letter ('Parents should beware of fraudulent tutorial centres that do not help children', July 24), I would like to point out that the issue he raised is in fact a two-fold matter - the issue of unqualified English teachers and the presence of non-native English teachers.31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
A union's call for teachers to stay away from classes in September as a protest against the national-education curriculum has gained little support from principals and school sponsoring bodies.31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
More pressure is being put on the government to reconsider the introduction of national education in the new school year, with a leading Beijing loyalist educational body pulling back from its support for an immediate launch and teachers and pupils calling for a massive rally.23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am