Anjali Hazari
Anjali Hazari
Anjali Hazari is a retired international-school biology educator who has taught for three decades in Hong Kong. She continues to tutor and write extensively on education policy and practice.

Ethnic minority teachers at Hong Kong’s ESF and other international schools allege they are discriminated against in terms of promotion, unreasonable timetables, microaggressions in the staff room and many other forms.

Several parents have spoken out alleging racism at Hong Kong’s ESF schools following the publication of an open letter last month by a student at King George V School accusing teachers of various acts of discrimination.

Hong Kong’s recently implemented national anthem law and proposed national security law will heavily affect students, but we need to keep providing opportunities for them to develop thought and the right to express it.

Amid a global wave of protests, there is a need for schools, parents and policymakers to work out how best to incorporate non-violence and peaceful communication into classes on civic literacy.


Relatively few children and preteens have died from Covid-19, and history shows this age group seems to less at risk from infectious viruses. Scientists are looking at how evolution and hormones play a part.

‘Norm-referencing’, a system likely to be used in the event of a sudden surge of Covid-19 cases cancelling Hong Kong exams, could dampen top performers’ achievements and also negatively affect students at new schools.

The coronavirus pandemic has led to the cancellation of school exams worldwide. Students and parents worry about how this will affect preparations for university. Will 2020 results carry less weight because there were no exams?

Moving lessons online allows Hong Kong teen to make remarkable progress in science and maths. Teaching online lets such students hide their learning disabilities from classmates, an educator explains.

Know your jargon, have quotes and examples at the ready, and answer practice papers over and over when you revise, teachers say. Above all, they say, students must make sure they understand what’s being asked and how to respond.

Whatever side of the Hong Kong anti-government protests we support, our opinions and actions will affect our children. We should enable them to voice their opinions and campaign for what they believe in, but we shouldn’t condone violence.

With Hong Kong teachers and students forced to work at home with schools closed amid virus outbreak, international schools have adopted a range of online tools to provide lessons and touch base with students.

According to a Times Education Supplement survey of 1,200 educators, two characters from the Harry Potter series grabbed prominent places in education's 50 favourite fictional teachers.

We are taught from an early age that boasting is not considered a desirable trait. But research shows people feel pleasure talking about themselves. So I have a message to the well-prepared student who leaves the exam hall and says, self-deprecatingly: "I got lucky." There is no harm in saying sincerely, "I think my hard work paid off. I believe I did well."

Education depends on effective communication, and inadequacies in communication are unfortunately not comical, for all that they may make books such as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland compelling reading.  

As an educator and parent for nearly three decades, I am pleased to read concerns about students being under too much academic pressure. While parents often identify the source of the pressure as results-oriented educational systems and schools giving too much homework, I get mixed messages when I sit on the other side of the parent-teacher conference table.

Results of the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) exams were released last week.

For students, summer holidays are synonymous with play. This is essential to children’s development, contributing to their cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being.

“Go to any French supermarket and you will be greeted by a stand ‘Passport to ...’ On sale are a range of manuals of varying quality, depth and rigour.

Composing bilingual rap with puns like these has helped students in a Band Three school in a working-class area build bridges between their Chinese mother tongue and English.

"When I first found out I would be studying Theory of Knowledge (TOK) for the International Baccalaureate Diploma, I was intrigued and thought it would be interesting to explore a subject with no definite answers, like maths or chemistry," says student Anna Smyth...

As students sit their exams for the International Baccalaureate (IB) and International General Certificate for Secondary Education (IGCSE), I am reminded of the hundreds of predicted grades I have given out in my teaching career.

An exam is a mental marathon – a test of resolve and endurance – and preparing for it should include a good diet. But extensive studies link altered eating habits with stress, including that caused by exams.

I recently received an e-mail from a student who is undertaking his International General Certificate for Secondary Education (IGCSE) exams in May, seeking some revision tips.

Most schools have a second parent-teacher conference in the spring term to monitor students’ academic and personal work and facilitate improvement.  Successful sessions require having an attitude of being in it together. 

Exam stress and anxiety regarding results are part and parcel of being a student. While anxiety can be a driving force, it is more often an incapacitating factor in exam preparation.

A morning rain was always followed by a clear afternoon. An afternoon rain was always preceded by a clear morning. A total of nine mornings and 12 afternoons were clear. How many days had no rain at all?

Bilingual education loosely refers to programmes in which a native language and a second language are taught as subject matter and used as medium of instruction for academic subjects.

It was always easy to spot Ken Ho at school. From Years One to Three he often wore a soccer strip with the number 9 and Fernando Torres' last name on it.

In my experience, student behaviour and academic performance that rouses concern can often be linked to problems at home. 

When he was in Form Three, Samuel Weil, one of my outstanding IB biology students, advised me to buy Apple stock. Had I listened, I would have made a 400 per cent profit today.

Former US president George W. Bush's gaffes have been a great source of amusement over the years. They include a gem he posed in January 2000: "Rarely is the question asked: is our children learning?" The question is entirely appropriate, even if the grammar is faulty.

What is the difference between a US college and university? In most countries, universities generally refer to an institution of higher learning that confers degrees. However, in the US these terms are used interchangeably; Dartmouth College, for example, is a high-ranking university.