Timothy Ha

National education controversy

Two Christian organisations will not introduce the controversial national education subject in their primary schools in September.

Thursday, 19 July, 2012, 12:00am

Christian schools skip national education

Two Christian organisations will not introduce the controversial national education subject in their primary schools in September.

The opposition by Sheng Kung Hui - Hong Kong's Anglican Church - and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong comes as many people and groups are calling for the course to be scrapped.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Churches on a crusade

The News

Last month, the Catholic diocese of Hong Kong lost its legal battle in the Court of Final Appeal against a government order to set up a new management committee in aided schools. Under school reforms passed in 2004, aided schools must establish an incorporated management committee (IMC) that includes teachers, parents, alumni and community members.

10 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Church sees way to skirt reform

The Hong Kong Anglican Church is considering switching public-funding systems to circumvent a government-imposed reform of its schools' management and retain tight control over the institutions.

The church also said it would try to postpone the government-imposed reform until the next chief executive takes office.

7 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Whose school is it anyway?

No stranger to controversy, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun reacted calmly when newspapers revealed the hefty donations he had received from media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying. But he responded more sharply on Wednesday to an issue close to his heart when he began a three-day hunger strike to protest against a court ruling that ended the Catholic diocese's full control over its schools.

24 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Catholic diocese loses school reform challenge

The 357 schools that have not reformed their school managements must do so after the Catholic diocese of Hong Kong lost its final battle against the government in the Court of Final Appeal.

The diocese, which had its five-year challenge to the government's reforms of 2004 thrown out by the highest court yesterday, operates 80 aided schools.

14 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

New blow for school reforms

The government's school management reforms have hit another major setback after more than a third of aided schools snubbed the final deadline for submitting the constitutions of the new governing committees the reforms require.

1 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Christians fight to control schools

As Catholics prepare legal battle, Anglicans and Methodists dig heels in over order

Hong Kong's largest Christian organisations are maintaining their defiance of a government requirement to implement a new school-based management system, hoping the new education officials might review the decision.

14 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

New head sees the big picture

The first non-Chinese principal to be appointed by an elite local school in many years plans to give the school a more international perspective.

8 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Trendsetter calls it quits on a career spanning generations

AN ERA CAME TO A CLOSE this week when one of Hong Kong's longest-serving and most outspoken principals put down his chalk for the last time.

Timothy Ha Wing-ho has been the patriarchal figurehead for generations of students at St Paul's College in Mid-Levels.

4 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Principal attacks bureau 'amateurs'

The education secretary of the second largest school-sponsoring body has hit out at the government's education system which he says is run by 'amateurs' who 'could never understand what it means to be a teacher'.

28 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Catholics, EMB avoid clash

A potential revolt has been avoided between the Education and Manpower Bureau and the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong.

Bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun had threatened legal action if the EMB forced a Catholic primary school to establish an IMC when it moved from shared premises to a new, whole-day campus this term.

10 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Anglican educators to oppose legislation

Schools will fight government orders to set up management committees by 2012

Anglican education leaders are preparing a strategy to defy legislation that requires all aided schools to set up incorporated management committees (IMC) by 2012.

3 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

College seeks creative development director

If you have in-depth knowledge of education in Hong Kong plus media or PR experience and are interested in promoting a school locally and abroad, this job could be of interest.

The renowned St Paul's College, established in 1851, is recruiting for the newly created position of director of school development.

15 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

School management must change with the times

The Hong Kong government's efforts to give parents and teachers greater say over the management of schools date back to 1991. Yet we are no closer to passage of a bill that would make it mandatory for all aided schools to be run by broadly constituted committees and not just by the religious or benevolent societies that sponsor them.

6 May 2004 - 12:00am