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Improving financial literacy of generation slashie

2020-11-16

As the COVID-19 continues to weigh on the local economy, the youth unemployment rate has been soaring over the past year. Regardless of the economic uncertainty, the younger generation, whose sources of income and consumption patterns are different from the older generation, are more likely to face the challenge of saving money on a tight budget. In recent years, pocket money apps for children have gained popularity and some countries have introduced financial education to school curriculum. Can these ideas help Hong Kong young generation improve their financial literacy?


Pegging student loan repayment to income level amid economic crisis

2020-10-05

The global economic downturn has exacerbated unemployment in some countries. New graduates not only face bleak job prospects, but also shoulder financial burdens of student loans. In recent years, some U.S. universities have offered income share agreements (ISA) as an alternative to student loan debt and claimed that it can help ease students’ financial burden. Under these agreements, a graduate can pay the ISA provider a portion of their income for a set period of time only when their salary reaches a certain level. This article discusses the benefits and pitfalls of ISA, and ways to make it more compatible with the Hong Kong environment.


What can HKEAA learn from the U.K. A-level algorithm fiasco?

2020-09-30

Affected by the continuous COVID-19 pandemic, schools had to suspend face-to-face classes on and off, which disrupted the learning progress of students citywide. The Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) has thus decided to make special arrangements in the coming Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (DSE). In the U.K., public exams were cancelled due to the pandemic and the exam authority used algorithm to estimate students’ grades. Unfortunately, nearly 40% results were downgraded and sparked a storm of protests. What can the HKEAA learn from the U.K.’s experience?


Learning through brain games amid class suspension

2020-08-19

In Hong Kong, the third wave of COVID-19 continues to bring daily infections. Although the new school year will start as scheduled, face-to-face teaching has to be suspended. Therefore, many parents and teachers have to spare no effort to engage students to study at home. In fact, student can learn beyond online classes. For example, ‘brain games’ can be used as teaching tools to help develop children’s reasoning skills.


Tattoos in the workplace: Should it be allowed?

2020-05-25

There is a growing prevalence of showing tattoos in workplace in recent years. Some employers are also becoming more open-minded with this trend and even revise the dress code policy correspondingly. How should other employers and employees respond to these changes?


Upgrading ‘Post-50’’s competitiveness in labour market by strengthening training

2020-05-09

Hong Kong’s economy is in the doldrums in the recent few months and the unemployment situation is getting worse. On the other hand, Hong Kong is facing the long-term challenges brought by ageing population and low fertility rate. Whether it is to retain jobs right now or prepare for future challenges, the society should help a group of potential workers aged 50 and above (i.e. Post-50) enhance their competitiveness in the job market. This article will analyse the characteristics and labour force participation of ‘Post-50’, aspiring to help the society to re-plan its employment strategy.


Is the city ready for switching to e-learning?

2020-04-27

Due to the enduring COVID-19 pandemic, school resumption date has yet to be confirmed. Under the principle of ‘suspending classes without suspending learning’, some schools have switched to online lessons. Is it an opportunity for Hong Kong to widely adapt to e-learning? How should students and teachers deal with software and hardware issues when applying e-learning?



Lessons from coronavirus outbreak: Challenges of working from home

2020-03-27

The coronavirus outbreak has been declared a global pandemic. Governments around the world have to be well prepared for a tough battle ahead. A large number of employees have already been advised to work from home. What are the challenges they are facing? How could they adapt to this operating model?


Lessons from coronavirus outbreak: Implications of working from home for enterprises

2020-03-19

As the deadly coronavirus continues its global spread, a large number of enterprises need to arrange employees to work from home to help prevent the virus from spreading. Overseas media claimed that the situation has triggered ‘the world's biggest work-from-home experiment’. This ‘experiment’ could have implications for business operating model in the future.