William Yiu

Correspondent, Hong Kong

William is a journalist with more than 15 years of experience who specialises in education. Prior to joining the Post in 2021, he worked at a number of radio stations and Chinese-language newspapers.

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Renowned Hong Kong neuroscientist set to become first female head of public university in city

University launched global research for next leader after incumbent Wei Shyy announced his resignation in November.

University launched global research for next leader after incumbent Wei Shyy announced his resignation in November.

13 May 2022 - 7:59PM
Emigration wave sends prices of Hong Kong international school debentures sliding, with rare vacancies on elite local campuses too

Prices have slumped further since January as more families leave Hong Kong, consultant says.

Prices have slumped further since January as more families leave Hong Kong, consultant says.

10 May 2022 - 10:00AM
Hong Kong’s ESF school group to offer its 18,000 pupils a HK$1,600 relief grant after earlier revealing plans to raise fees

English Schools Foundation tells parents in a letter that it will offer the grant to students amid the ‘challenging times’ of the Covid-19 pandemic.

English Schools Foundation tells parents in a letter that it will offer the grant to students amid the ‘challenging times’ of the Covid-19 pandemic.

5 May 2022 - 5:20PM
Coronavirus: Hong Kong kindergartens reopen after 4-month suspension but mandatory daily Covid tests mean earlier start for some

Government earlier said a third of kindergarten pupils would be allowed to return to their classrooms from Tuesday, another third on May 10 and the rest on May 16.

Government earlier said a third of kindergarten pupils would be allowed to return to their classrooms from Tuesday, another third on May 10 and the rest on May 16.

3 May 2022 - 7:01PM
Hong Kong parents fret over daily Covid-19 swab tests for children as kindergartens resume face-to-face classes

Worried about causing nosebleeds in children, some parents plot ways to get around government rule on daily rapid antigen tests.

Worried about causing nosebleeds in children, some parents plot ways to get around government rule on daily rapid antigen tests.

3 May 2022 - 7:24AM
Pension benefits for Hong Kong teachers to remain intact, Education Bureau says, amid speculation over possible ban on early withdrawal

Bureau asks teachers not to be ‘misled by the rumours’ that government would amend rules of existing provident fund schemes to stop exodus of educators.

Bureau asks teachers not to be ‘misled by the rumours’ that government would amend rules of existing provident fund schemes to stop exodus of educators.

28 Apr 2022 - 11:54PM
Chinese University of Hong Kong president Rocky Tuan approved for another term until 2026

Professor Rocky Tuan will be reappointed for three years commencing January 1, 2024, as four other universities begin global search for new heads.

Professor Rocky Tuan will be reappointed for three years commencing January 1, 2024, as four other universities begin global search for new heads.

27 Apr 2022 - 7:48PM
Hong Kong’s biggest international school group to raise tuition fees for primary, secondary students after 2-year price freeze

English Schools Foundation tells parents fees will be raised to attract and retain high-quality teachers.

English Schools Foundation tells parents fees will be raised to attract and retain high-quality teachers.

27 Apr 2022 - 9:21AM
University of Hong Kong proposes disciplining students for ‘bringing disrepute’ to institution, fuelling concerns over freedom of speech

Undergraduate representative says students fear proposal could lead to ‘white terror’ on campus.

Undergraduate representative says students fear proposal could lead to ‘white terror’ on campus.

27 Apr 2022 - 9:02AM
Hong Kong’s largest journalist group holds meeting to discuss possibility of disbandment, says it will still operate for ‘foreseeable future’

Ronson Chan, chairman of Hong Kong Journalists Association, says topic of disbandment came up during special three-hour meeting.

Ronson Chan, chairman of Hong Kong Journalists Association, says topic of disbandment came up during special three-hour meeting.

23 Apr 2022 - 9:57PM
Coronavirus: Hong Kong university entrance exams began as scheduled with 21 candidates at special Covid-19 centre by Friday morning

Three candidates went to Penny’s Bay isolation camp on Friday morning by designated taxis.

Three candidates went to Penny’s Bay isolation camp on Friday morning by designated taxis.

22 Apr 2022 - 8:08PM
Coronavirus: worried parents flood student-counselling hotline with Covid-related inquiries ahead of Hong Kong exams

Counsellor at student guidance centre Hok Yau Club says parents looking for information do not want to disturb their children who are in exam preparation mode.

Counsellor at student guidance centre Hok Yau Club says parents looking for information do not want to disturb their children who are in exam preparation mode.

21 Apr 2022 - 5:46PM
South China Morning Post’s annual Student of The Year Awards to focus on nurturing future leaders of Hong Kong during tough times

Sponsored by Hong Kong Jockey Club, students from secondary schools will compete for 11 awards in nine categories.

Sponsored by Hong Kong Jockey Club, students from secondary schools will compete for 11 awards in nine categories.

19 Apr 2022 - 6:04PM
Coronavirus Hong Kong: 14 students and 1 teacher unable to return to class after testing positive as schools welcome back children after 3-month suspension

Under new arrangements, local schools or individual classes can hold full-day lessons if 90 per cent of students have received two doses of vaccine.

Under new arrangements, local schools or individual classes can hold full-day lessons if 90 per cent of students have received two doses of vaccine.

20 Apr 2022 - 12:03AM
Coronavirus: warnings on campus cross-infection, worry over daily Covid tests as Hong Kong pupils prepare to return to school

Cross-infection risks on campus are ‘very high’ because the Omicron variant is extremely transmissible via short-range airborne particles, expert warns.

Cross-infection risks on campus are ‘very high’ because the Omicron variant is extremely transmissible via short-range airborne particles, expert warns.

19 Apr 2022 - 4:38AM
More jobs, better pay for Hong Kong graduates, but fewer plum management trainee roles on offer this year

About 17,000 jobs listed on universities’ portal, with average starting pay rising to HK$18,336 a month.

About 17,000 jobs listed on universities’ portal, with average starting pay rising to HK$18,336 a month.

16 Apr 2022 - 7:17PM
Coronavirus Hong Kong: infections fall below 800 for first time in 9 weeks, as health minister says widespread rapid testing could be ‘way out’

Decline comes as health minister Sophia Chan says rapid testing could be implemented more widely, cites daily use among school students and care home residents.

Decline comes as health minister Sophia Chan says rapid testing could be implemented more widely, cites daily use among school students and care home residents.

19 Apr 2022 - 3:25PM
Hong Kong parents angry at late return to classes for ESF kindergarten pupils, accuse authorities of unfair treatment

ESF kindergartens forced to wait until May to resume in-person teaching as result of different registrations from other international counterparts.

ESF kindergartens forced to wait until May to resume in-person teaching as result of different registrations from other international counterparts.

15 Apr 2022 - 9:55PM
Singaporean man who illegally stayed in Hong Kong for more than decade to be charged over HK$14,000 robbery bid using toy gun

Suspect passed a note to teller at China Construction Bank (Asia) in Yau Ma Tei, claiming he had a gun.

Suspect passed a note to teller at China Construction Bank (Asia) in Yau Ma Tei, claiming he had a gun.

15 Apr 2022 - 11:30PM
Coronavirus: Hong Kong schools will resume in-person classes from April 19. How does it work and what are the requirements?

Students and teachers are required to conduct rapid tests every day, and only those who have tested negative will be allowed back on campus.

Students and teachers are required to conduct rapid tests every day, and only those who have tested negative will be allowed back on campus.

12 Apr 2022 - 10:00AM
Coronavirus: Hong Kong students, teachers will have to do daily rapid Covid tests when schools reopen; city confirms 1,407 new cases

Unvaccinated students will be barred from non-academic activities when face-to-face classes resume, city leader Carrie Lam says.

Unvaccinated students will be barred from non-academic activities when face-to-face classes resume, city leader Carrie Lam says.

12 Apr 2022 - 10:07AM
Coronavirus Hong Kong: in-person classes from kindergartens to secondary schools to resume in stages until mid-May

Students of higher forms will be first to return to campuses on April 19 for half-day classes.

Students of higher forms will be first to return to campuses on April 19 for half-day classes.

7 Apr 2022 - 10:17PM
University of Hong Kong becomes city’s most improved tertiary institution in latest rankings list by Britain-based firm

HKU’s dentistry programme climbs one rung to No 2 in the world.

HKU’s dentistry programme climbs one rung to No 2 in the world.

7 Apr 2022 - 1:55AM
Covid curbs or ‘personal’ reasons? 8-year high exit rate of native English teachers at Hong Kong secondary schools

Figure revealed by Education Bureau after lawmaker Michael Tien Puk-sun asks if strict anti-epidemic measures are pushing native English teachers to leave.

Figure revealed by Education Bureau after lawmaker Michael Tien Puk-sun asks if strict anti-epidemic measures are pushing native English teachers to leave.

6 Apr 2022 - 8:29PM
Hong Kong university entrance exams will go ahead as scheduled, with Penny’s Bay to host infected test takers, close contacts

Education chief Kevin Yeung says centres will be set up at the government’s isolation facility at Penny’s Bay for exam candidates who are close contacts of Covid-19 patients or infected themselves.

Education chief Kevin Yeung says centres will be set up at the government’s isolation facility at Penny’s Bay for exam candidates who are close contacts of Covid-19 patients or infected themselves.

6 Apr 2022 - 12:26AM
Hong Kong should offer incentives to encourage participation in mass at-home Covid testing exercise, medical experts say

Dr Joseph Tsang says details of at-home testing exercise should be clarified, adding that there was a lack of incentives for residents to declare their test results.

Dr Joseph Tsang says details of at-home testing exercise should be clarified, adding that there was a lack of incentives for residents to declare their test results.

1 Apr 2022 - 7:29PM
Those with allergies should not fear Covid-19 vaccines, Hong Kong medical experts say, citing poll showing few suffer adverse reactions

Only eight out of 161 respondents with allergies said they suffered adverse reactions after receiving at least one dose, according to Hong Kong Allergy Association survey.

Only eight out of 161 respondents with allergies said they suffered adverse reactions after receiving at least one dose, according to Hong Kong Allergy Association survey.

30 Mar 2022 - 10:10PM
Coronavirus: more than 70 per cent of Hong Kong teachers oppose resuming in-person classes from mid-April over infection fears, survey finds

Of the 1,348 educators polled by the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers, 85 per cent say resumption should be based on daily number of infections.

Of the 1,348 educators polled by the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers, 85 per cent say resumption should be based on daily number of infections.

29 Mar 2022 - 10:21PM
Coronavirus: Hong Kong to review operation of care homes to ensure speedy handling of future outbreaks, welfare minister says

Labour minister Law Chi-kwong says special interdepartmental task force to convene next week to review ways to improve conditions at care homes.

Labour minister Law Chi-kwong says special interdepartmental task force to convene next week to review ways to improve conditions at care homes.

27 Mar 2022 - 11:43AM
Hong Kong vaccine expert says no serious side effects reported among children receiving coronavirus jabs

Vaccine committee co-convener Professor Ivan Hung says both ‘BioNTech and Sinovac jabs are very safe’ for children.

Vaccine committee co-convener Professor Ivan Hung says both ‘BioNTech and Sinovac jabs are very safe’ for children.

26 Mar 2022 - 9:10PM