Hong Kong tops the class in confused policymaking

The millions to be spent on overseas education for the few won't meet our need for a cohort of good pre-school teachers. Photo: Edward Wong

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

Letters to the Editor, March 24, 2013

It is time to stop keeping birds as pets in cages. Photo: Xinhua

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

HKU professor points to bias against rule of law among liberal arts teachers

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

Pupils polled on three top changes for happier school life

Lawmaker Chan Yuen-han was impressed by the work of the 'junior chief executives', a project by the Boys and Girls Clubs Association. Photo: Edward Wong

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

Teacher victims of mass shooting recalled as dedicated to students

Dawn Hochsprung, 47

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

China Digest, December 14, 2012

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

Corruption in schools must be stopped

Corruption in education has been pervasive in China. Photo: Xinhua

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

Indian teachers fear postcards from irate parents

Children rush to get a free school meal. Photo: AP

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

Briefs, October 5, 2012

'Al-Qaeda is waging jihad' with forest fires in Europe. Photo: AFP

Jordan calls for snap poll ahead of key rally

5 Oct 2012 - 4:24am

Sha Tin Baptist school scraps launch of national education amid protests

A pupil with a black protest ribbon outside Baptist Lui Ming Choi Primary School in Sha Tin. Others wore black clothes. Photo: Felix Wong

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

Officials need more time before releasing national education data

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

Small school takes a national stand

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

View that native English-speaking teachers are better is very misguided

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

Call for strike has few backers

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

Pressure builds on national education

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