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Letters to the Editor, May 7, 2013

We should not be happy with mere scraps

Tuesday, 7 May, 2013, 2:22am 3 comments

Publishers say they tried to keep rises low

Textbook publishers said they had tried their best to limit price rises for school textbooks, as the Education Bureau released the recommended textbook list yesterday.

4 May 2013 - 6:53am

Textbook prices set torise 3.3pc, officials say

Textbook prices are expected to rise by 3.3 per cent despite officials' efforts to stop the much-criticised bundling of textbooks and teaching materials that has increased the burden of cost for parents.

2 May 2013 - 5:09am

Hong Kong should press ahead in promoting e-books in schools

Soaring textbook prices are a headache for Hong Kong parents. The situation is further complicated by sales tactics in which publishers tie the teaching aides and study guides with textbooks to inflate the prices. After years of futile negotiations with the industry to unbundle the materials, the government has decided to finance e-publishing with a view to nurturing a rival market.

6 Dec 2012 - 3:27am 2 comments

What's being said on facebook.com/southchinamorningpost

On calls for school textbook publishers to consider their sense of social responsibility instead of going ahead with price hikes:

Jessie Tong - Publishers are businessmen and need to make a profit. Why should they alone have social responsibility to the public? Agree with use of recycled books arranged through schools.

25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Parents feel more pain over textbooks

Despite the government's high-profile battle over textbook prices, parents will yet again have to dig deeper in their pockets to buy their children's schoolbooks, the Consumer Council said yesterday.

17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Students 'spoon-fed'

Most teachers are spoon-feeding students in liberal studies classes, although this is discouraged, a University of Hong Kong study has found. Teachers are relying heavily on textbooks, despite guidelines that they should not do so.

9 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Liberal studies leave no room for thinking

Our public education system may be beyond reform. Every attempt at reform either ends up accentuating the very features we were trying to change or making life worse for teachers and students. Take, for example, the new liberal studies curriculum, a signature programme of the government's dismal, decade-old education reform.

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

iPad e-learning fears

Parents of students from St Francis of Assisi's English Primary School, in Shek Kip Mei, are unhappy about the school's decision to use e-textbooks in the forthcoming school year.

As part of the school's e-learning plan, all Primary Three students must buy an iPad for Chinese and English lessons. Poorer parents, worried by the financial burden, say they were not consulted.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Doubts raised over plans to develop school e-books

The government's HK$50 million subsidy to develop the e-textbook market in an attempt to cut the rising cost of school books drew criticism from industry representatives at a briefing session yesterday.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am