Posts Tagged ‘education’

Sun Sets on Evening Schools

Sun Sets on Evening Schools

Evening schools have been in decline since the government rolled out its universal education policy. Varsity looks at how the few remaining evening schools struggle to survive – and their importance in providing basic education to those who cannot attend day schools.

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Timothy O’Leary – Philosopher, Teacher, Defender

Timothy O’Leary  – Philosopher, Teacher, Defender

One of the most high profile defenders of academic freedom and university autonomy in Hong Kong is an Irish philosophy professor who arrived in Hong Kong 16 years ago, but feels a strong commitment to his home and university.

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Fast forward through Life

Fast forward through Life

An interactive game speeds you through life and into a coffin, all so you can reflect on the present.

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Education for All

Education for All

Anuj Gurung was born in Hong Kong, so he should have gone to school when he was 6, but he just started this year at the age of 7. This is because he is the son of an asylum-seeker, thus his family had to navigate a maze of red tape to get him to school. NGOs estimate that there are around 500 such children in Hong Kong who would be in the same predicament.

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Shall We Play?

Shall We Play?

Children in Hong Kong have to juggle tests, homework, extra-curricular activities…and now some schools have forbidden running and jumping during recess. What happens to children when they don’t get enough time for free play?

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Swipe to Learn

Swipe to Learn

The Hong Kong government and some schools are optimistic about e-textbooks being the way of the future. But that’s not going so well. Why?

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Teachers on the Edge

Teachers on the Edge

Contract teachers in Hong Kong’s schools do much the same jobs as permanent teachers and are usually paid far less. They are also often given one-year contracts, which leads to a lack of job security. Varsity learns more.

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Bricks without Boundaries

Bricks without Boundaries

Lego has been a popular toy for generations of children. Its manufacturer and fans say the bricks encourage creativity. But more and more Lego products are now theme and even gender specific – some are based on blockbuster entertainment franchises. Does this hinder children’s creativity?

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Doctorate Dilemmas

Doctorate Dilemmas

With a surge in the number of PhD graduates and scarce job opportunities in academia, local PhD graduates are finding it harder to find research and teaching jobs in universities. Varsity hears how they can often be at a disadvantage to holders of overseas doctorates.

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Walking alongside the Needy

Walking alongside the Needy

Today, lecturer Li Chun-hong teaches humanities to university students, but things could have turned out very differently. Li spent some of his childhood years shoplifting, fighting and hanging out with triads. Education turned his life around and now Li hopes he can help other young lives.

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