It began with suicides and protest, and is ending with apples - 2006 has been a tumultuous 12 months for the education sector. Here is our selection of the highlights from the year: January 9: A comment by then Permanent Secretary for Education and Manpower Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun over two unrelated teacher suicides within days of each other sparks outcry in the education community, bringing discontent over reforms to crisis point. January 11: Education secretary Arthur Li Kwok-cheung unveils HK$1.65 billion package to help teachers, widely seen as a move to make amends for Mrs Law's comments on suicide. January 22: Upwards of 7,500 take part in the largest teacher protest, calling for Mrs Law's resignation and a rethink on reforms. The following day, Professor Li unveils an independent commission to study teacher stress and workload. February 28: Professor Li reveals package of nine measures to relieve teacher stress, days before a mass meeting of the Professional Teachers' Union to discuss the pace of reforms. March 20: Two government secondaries ordered to cease Form One admissions, leading to fears secondary school closures may follow. March 29: English Schools Foundation unveils first fee hike in five years: 8.9 per cent at primary, 5.1 per cent at secondary, despite cutting staff pay last year. April 1: Hong Kong Institute of Education launches campaign for university title within six years. April 11: Examinations authority scales back school-based assessment for Chinese and English HKCEE in face of teacher resistance. May 8: Mrs Law slams Council on Professional Conduct in Education for failing to uphold a single complaint for the fourth consecutive year. June 8: ESF's ruling body votes in favour of draft ordinance that will bring in sweeping management reforms and replace the foundation with a smaller board of governors. June 28: EMB rules out developing Chinese curriculum for second-language learners. July 6: McBeath report says Hong Kong leads the world in school self-evaluation, but gap between schools is still too large. July 19: EMB publishes careers handbook that describes Form Five graduates with mid-range HKCEE scores as an 'embarrassed group' who would be 'deemed hopeless' by good schools. Gaffe later blamed on a mistranslation. September 1: New primary school in Tin Shui Wai left vacant after sponsoring body decides it no longer wants it. October 11: Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen announces kindergarten vouchers scheme in policy address - welcomed support for preschools but also criticised for number of exclusions. October 11: Catholic diocese begins request for judicial review of government's school management reform. Rejected in November as religious freedoms 'not a veto'. October 16: Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen says goods and services tax could help fund smaller classes, but fails to win support from educators. October 17: EMB pledges to roll out 'workplace Chinese' campaign within one year. October 28: Renowned late economist Milton Friedman condemns the vouchers scheme. November 10: Mrs Law moves to the Independent Commission Against Corruption, after eight years. She is replaced by Raymond Wong Chiu-hung. November 24: HKIEd governing council delays decision on whether to reappoint president Paul Morris, following a controversy-laden consultation and rumours of official pressure for a merger with Chinese University. December 7: Professor Li bows to pressure and submits voucher scheme to Finance Committee but ruffles feathers with thinly-veiled attack at critics in 'patronising' parable about an uncle's gift of apples to ungrateful children.