Archive for March, 2011

March 2011 – Dissecting DSS

March 2011 – Dissecting DSS

Varsity explores issues surrounding Hong Kong’s Direct Subsidy Scheme (DSS) schools. Do they provide value for money? Is it harder for poorer students to get into elite schools under the DSS scheme? We also hear from teachers who face pressure from parents of students at DSS schools.

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Weighing Cost and Quality

Weighing Cost and Quality

DSS schools get to receive government subsidies and charge students’ fees, so they have the resources to provide better facilities and teaching environment. Does this mean they are necessarily better?
By Gavin Li and Joana U

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Parents Conquer All

Parents Conquer All

Parents are increasingly being seen as customers as education becomes more market-oriented. Some teachers in DSS schools believe this has led to greater pressure on teachers from pushy parents.
By Billy Leung and Amy Leung

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Boosting the Best or Perpetuating Privilege?

Boosting the Best or Perpetuating Privilege?

As more and more of Hong Kong’s elite schools opt to join the DSS system, they will get to charge fees and pick Hong Kong’s best students. Does this mean it will be harder for poorer students to get into the city’s top schools?
By Raymond Tse and John Yip

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When a Talent is Neglected

When a Talent is Neglected

Parents of Hong Kong’s gifted children fear that without adequate resources to support and nuture their children, the territory’s brightest kids could become underachievers.
By Dora Chiu and Lotus Lau

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Cycling: Not just for fun

Cycling: Not just for fun

Cycling in Hong Kong is more than a hobby, it’s also a lifestyle choice. Varsity meets competitive child cycle racers and commuters who battle Hong Kong’s traffic-choked roads to cycle to work.
By Liz Yuen

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The Solar-Powered Geek

The Solar-Powered Geek

How a student project led Hong Kong youngster Charles Watson to become a social entrepreneur providing solar-powered computers to developing world.
By Cherry Ge

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From Office to Boxing Ring

From Office to Boxing Ring

Meet Yolly Leung Pui-shan, Hong Kong’s first female Thai Boxing coach who gave up the life of an office lady to become Hong Kong’s first female Thai Boxing coach.
By Joyce Lee

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Green Message in a Bottle

Green Message in a Bottle

With the launch of a government sponsored recycling scheme and the promotion of eco-bricks made from recycled glass, Hong Kong may finally be ready to scale-up glass recycling.
By Carmen Shih and Yvonne Yeung

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Making Sweet Fruit Music

Making Sweet Fruit Music

Contemporary musicians in Hong Kong experiment with home-made instruments – fashioned with various fruit and vegetables.
By Krizto Chan

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