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School lunch with love for refugee families

HONG KONG (SE): Refugee families were given a warm welcome to Caritas Wu Cheng-chung Secondary School in Pokufulam by the principal, Stephen Chen Sun-hang, on May 28, for an introductory session to the special services the school provides for non-Chinese-speaking students in Hong Kong.

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Celebrating the vocation of the teacher

HONG KONG (SE): The over 12,000 men and women responsible for the forming and informing of young minds in the 267 Catholic schools in Hong Kong were reminded that students are able to achieve things which are seemingly impossible at the Catholic Teachers’ Day held at the AsiaWorld-Expo convention centre in Chek Lap Kok on May 17.

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Do you support the K-12 education system?

Yes, I am in favour of K-12 system (Kindergarten to Year 12), because it will further develop my child’s ability and help them prepare for a better future. This programme gives them choices on what to do and who to be after the programme or before they reach university. Just like in other countries with this programme, jobs and chances of working are better after high school due to skills and subjects that have been taught during their K-12 years.








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Divergent views on the K-12 system

MANILA (SE): Bishop Broderick Pabillo lost out in his call for the newly implemented Kindergarten to Year 12 (K-12) educational system, adopted in The Philippines around two years ago, to be stopped for the time being while the Catholic Educators Association rejoiced, insisting that the programme must go ahead.

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Multi-cultural learning environment on display

HONG KONG (SE): Caritas Wu Cheung-chung Secondary School in Pokfulam held its annual open day on November 21, giving a glimpse of what students and staff say is a really happy campus.

A highlight of the day was the staging of the fourth Wu Cheung-chung Cup, which brought out the competitive spirit and school pride in students from a number of primary schools around Hong Kong.

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Catholic schools in Bangladesh escape nationalisation net

 

DHAKA (UCAN): The government of Bangladesh announced on January 9 that it will nationalise all non-government primary schools in the country, with the exception of Catholic-run institutions, which will maintain their independence.

To be fully implemented by next January, nationalisation will see 26 of the 193 non-government primary schools being fully funded by the government at an annual cost of over 12 billion taka ($1.16 billion), according to the Primary and Mass Education Ministry.

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Cardinal Zen speaks on what has been lost to education and to Hong Kong

 Dear friends in the media

 

The process of the judicial review on the Education (Amendment) Ordinance 2004 (Amended Ordinance) has reached its end.

The Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong has expressed disappointment at the judgment of the Court of Final Appeal, but at the same time has reaffirmed its decision to carry on its educational endeavour (within the constraints of that Ordinance).

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Patriotic and civic education

 

Exams are a major focus of schooling, yet they can be overdone. Scoring 100 per cent in the next test becomes the sole purpose of a student’s life. 

Chinese parents worry about their child becoming an exam-taking robot. In addition to memorising names, dates and statistics, what else should a balanced education include?

 

Education is many sided








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What’s national may not 
necessarily be moral

 

As the government of Hong Kong retires to consider its verdict on the Moral and National Education Consultation Paper, educationalists ponder the possible outcomes of such a course being introduced.

The lumping of the two words moral and national together is one concern, as the very title suggests that there is something moral about national pride or patriotism, whereas in reality, this is a long bow to draw.








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Cardinal Zen questions unconditional commitment to government

 

HONG KONG (SE): “Education is a process in which students seek the truth and, in the process, develop their potential,” the former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, told around 300 people at a forum organised by the Catholic Education Office at Ng Wah Catholic Secondary School on September 25 to discuss the proposed Moral and National Education Consultation Paper.

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