Articles: Education

Singapore says it was correct not to close schools earlier
Bloomberg, 7-Apr-2020
HK Government has no power to suspend school classes
As class suspensions drag into a third month, we look at who exactly is responsible. Surprise: it's not the Government, which can only advise, and it's now time for schools and their governing bodies to take the lead and learn from the parallel case of Singapore, where schools have remained open without causing an outbreak. We also call on HK to ban non-resident arrivals, and look at what other countries must do, or suffer, to get COVID-19 under control. (22-Mar-2020)
Competition Commission takes Textbook cartel case to Competition Tribunal
HK Competition Commission, 20-Mar-2020
We note that one of the defendants, Mr Hui Chiu Ming, has been a Chief Executive Election Committee member since 2000, for the publishing sub-sub-sector.
Webb on CNBC re HK budget
CNBC, 26-Feb-2020
Also discussing the economy, school closures in HK while Singapore's remain open, the HK$10k per voter handout ahead of the September LegCo elections, and the budget to promote the rule of law ahead of the proposed National Anthem Ordinance.
Webb on "Backchat" re tax and education
RTHK, 8-Feb-2017
Government freezes out kindy, primary classes
They can only do this if there is an "immediate danger or immediate risk of danger to persons in any school premises". There is no evidence that schools will be any colder than homes. This is not New York, and the Government has panicked and gone beyond its statutory powers. (24-Jan-2016)
King Arthur's midnight coronation as Chairman of HKU Council
HK Government, 31-Dec-2015
The Government announcement was posted at 00:32 (or 00:30 in Chinese). In a world-class city, councils of universities would elect their own chair.
Occupy school suspension order was invalid
We have investigated the Government's actions during the "Occupy" protests and find that it lacked the legal powers to order district-wide class suspensions, and was therefore acting outside the rule of law. (13-Jan-2015)
Government allows secondary but not primary school classes to resume
HK Government, 5-Oct-2014
Comment: this was never really a safety issue for most schools - but perhaps Government has belatedly realised that commanding secondary schools to suspend classes actually facilitated older pupils attending the protests. Incidentally, the Government never actually issued a closure order under Section 83 of the Education Ordinance, so its official line is that schools were open all along, but classes were suspended.
Lights out as weeping parents voice kindy fears
HK Standard, 9-Apr-2014
Or alternatively: "Investors weep with joy as Fortune REIT boosts rental income in free market".
ESF shocker hits hopefuls
HK Standard, 4-Sep-2013
The shocker is that ESF wasn't charging what the market will bear in the first place. German Swiss International School charges HK$2800, by the way.
The alternative Budget Speech, 2013: Prosperity through Reform
Webb-site reveals the Hong Kong Budget Speech which should be delivered next Wednesday. (22-Feb-2013)
LCQ: residency status of students at Private Independent Schools and capital grants for buildings
HK Government, 1-Jun-2011
International school enrolment in HK, latest data
HK Government, 16-Mar-2011

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