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Hong Kong education news, including enrolment, schools and university study.
  1. The number of Hong Kong students bagging perfect scores in the International Baccalaureate (IB) exams dropped by nearly a third to 23 this year, with grading based on schoolwork after written tests were cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic.The figure was down from last year’s 34, despite the number of local candidates increasing slightly from 2,284 to this year’s 2,324. They were among 174,355 students who received IB diploma and vocational programme results worldwide on Monday.Hong Kong’s…
  2. Hong Kong education officials have told schools to review their book collections and immediately remove those titles that might breach Beijing’s national security law for the city.Following the withdrawal of several publications from public libraries last week, the Education Bureau said on Monday that schools should get rid of reading materials which “possibly violate” the new legislation, while insisting that pupils should be taught the positive values of safeguarding national security…
  3. Hong Kong’s universities are likely to continue attracting international students despite the introduction of a sweeping national security law, according to Polytechnic University’s deputy president and provost Alexander Wai Ping-kong.“Universities in Hong Kong have a good reputation and do well in international rankings. Many students from mainland China and overseas are still interested in studying here,” he said in an interview with the Post on Friday.He also expected the law to have only a…
  4. Hong Kong schools accused of using teaching materials deemed politically biased could be made to submit reports, hold meetings or even issue statements addressing parents’ concerns, a top education official said on Friday.Undersecretary for Education Choi Yuk-lin’s remarks came during a Legislative Council education panel meeting, and she also said the government would consider implementing a mandatory review of all textbooks for the controversial Liberal Studies subject after the introduction…
  5. A Hong Kong judge on Friday said it was unfortunate that government officials had handled the controversy over a history exam question on Sino-Japanese relations “in a most high-profile and threatening manner” to the city’s testing authority, but upheld the latter’s decision to scrap it, saying it had been professionally made.Mr Justice Russell Coleman dismissed a judicial review application from student Loh Ming-yin over a decision by the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA)…
  6. Lawyers for a Hong Kong student challenging the scrapping of a history exam question that asked if “Japan did more good than harm to China” in the first half of the 20th century have accused the government of “threatening” the assessment authority into making its decision, a court heard on Thursday.The question from the university entrance exam, sat by some 4,900 candidates in May, drew immediate outrage from Beijing and pro-establishment figures in Hong Kong when it became known to the public…
  7. [Sponsored article] Parents and teachers in Hong Kong were faced with new challenges as they home-schooled and made it easier for children to deal with online learning assignments during the Covid-19 pandemic when schools were suspended for a prolonged time. Pupils at Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong – which caters to preschool and primary schoolchildren aged from three to 11 at its Tseung Kwan O campus – and their families had to cope with the “new normal” as well, but its…
  8. A Hong Kong secondary school has set up a task force to probe allegations that its teachers had spread improper messages in class, after a former city leader warned of suing the Education Bureau for not naming institutions in which teachers were involved in protest-related misconduct.Leung Chun-ying, former chief executive and the vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, also said on Monday that a group he founded would gather and publicise information about…
  9. Every parent wants the best for their children, and a strong academic background is one of the surest ways to help prepare them for a bright future. In Hong Kong, secondary students – and their parents – can be overwhelmed by choice. There is the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HDKSE), the standard entrance exam for the city's universities; British A-levels; and the American AP courses – each based on a particular national academic system.Increasingly considered above all of them, at…
  10. For decades the Education Bureau (EDB) has been turning a blind eye to the way that private schools – including international ones – routinely charge multiple “other” fees. The long list of additional payments forced on parents can include debentures, capital levy fees, entry fees, application fees, deposits, learning support fees and more.In January this year Hong Kong’s ombudsman finally sat up and took notice of this irregularity and published a report that slammed the bureau for allowing…