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China Digest, October 22, 2012

China Digest, October 22, 2012


Autumn lovers in a jam

Monday, 22 October, 2012, 4:13am

Textbook example of a global problem

Politically-charged rows of what textbooks to use in schools has become a near universal condition. Photo: SCMP

The fight over what textbooks to use in schools - which is at the bottom of our acrimonious row over national education - is a near universal condition. At least that's the impression you get from reading an excellent survey of textbook rows around the world in The Economist magazine.

20 Oct 2012 - 1:29am 4 comments

Big difference in price of book lists at many Hong Kong schools

Students and parents check the cost of buying secondary school textbooks at a shop in Mong Kok. Secondary school book prices have gone up on average by 2.5 per cent.Photo: Dickson Lee

Rising textbook prices have always been a pain for parents - but the Consumer Council has shown it's even more of a pain for parents of students at certain schools.

20 Sep 2012 - 10:44am

The price of an education


Two weeks ago, the government failed in its attempt to force publishers to cut the rising cost of school textbooks by separating the sales of textbooks and free teaching materials.

22 May 2012 - 12:00am

School-book funding call rejected

The Education Bureau will not provide special funding to cover all the cost of teaching materials after their sales are separated from those of pupils' textbooks, despite demands from booksellers.

6 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

The textbook cost dilemma

Even where education is free and universal, the acquisition of knowledge still bears a hefty price tag.

A full set of new school textbooks will cost about HK$2,000 for a primary pupil and much more than HK$3,000 for a secondary student. At those prices, even a middle-class family will feel the strain.

31 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Textbook price rise angers parents

School material for coming year costs an average of 5pc more, survey finds

The price of school textbooks has jumped an average of nearly 5 per cent, a Consumer Council survey has found, prompting criticism from parents.

English textbooks for primary and secondary students rose the most - 8.1 per cent and 9.7 per cent, respectively.

15 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Cautious retailers in students' bad books

Shops refuse to stock up, fearing changes will outdate texts

The summer hunt for textbooks could turn into an even more stressful exercise as booksellers grow more hesitant to stock up on titles for fear they may become worthless after a change of curriculum.

Most shops had stopped making large orders because of curriculum reform, a bookseller said yesterday.

1 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Textbook costs outstrip incomes

The price of textbooks for a school year has rocketed from less than $100 in 1980 to more than $1,400 now, sparking calls yesterday for more second-hand sales and hi-tech learning aids.

16 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

Old books show new attraction

With the new school year starting and book prices soaring, students and recession- hit parents are finding ways to save money on textbooks.

More than 600 secondary school students and parents flocked to a second-hand textbook mart organised by the Hok Yau Club in North Point.

2 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

Call for curbs on illegal book sales

ILLEGAL minivans are operating as bookstores in Mongkok, using scare tactics to force students to buy textbooks, the Democratic Party warned yesterday.

The mobile operators are exploiting cash-strapped students searching for second-hand textbooks before the start of the school year, said party spokesman To Kwan-hang.

31 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

Textbooks 'should be drawn up independently'

AN independent body should decide the contents of school textbooks, legislators and education professionals said yesterday.

Their call came in the wake of an attempt by the Education Department to remove references to the Beijing massacre from two textbooks.

11 Jul 1994 - 12:00am

Textbook price controls needed

I REFER to the letter from Ng Chueng (South China Morning Post, August 26), about book prices for school textbooks. I am a student. Each school session, I must spend hundreds of dollars on new books, because of frequent changes in new editions and in the syllabus.

Sometimes, the new edition only adds some pictures, deletes a few paragraphs, or has a new cover.

4 Sep 1993 - 12:00am

Easing load on pupils

AS a teacher and textbook writer, I would like to respond to your correspondent's remarks (South China Morning Post, June 25) regarding school textbooks.

While I share the writer's concern over the size and weight of many textbooks, I do not believe that loose-leaf pages represent a useful solution to the problem.

29 Jun 1993 - 12:00am