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Should civil servant have year-end bonus?


To encourage civil servants to strive for excellence, some overseas governments have introduced performance-linked bonus systems. On the premise that the government has sufficient income, should Hong Kong consider introducing similar scheme?

Can an independent statutory body help handle complaints against teachers?


The cancellation of two teachers’ registration by the Education Bureau has aroused public concern over the mechanism handling complaints against teachers. While some educators suggest adding mid-level penalties to ensure the punishments are commensurate with the gravity of the misconduct, some believe that the regulations on teachers should be implemented by an independent statutory body instead of administrative departments. How the society choose between various options?

How to help unemployed married women return to the workforce?


As COVID-19 continues to ravage the economy, married women, a population group that always faces more challenges in securing jobs, are particularly difficult to re-enter the job market after unemployment. How can the society help them rejoin the labour force?

Establishing STEM-focused high schools to groom IT talent


STEM education in Hong Kong is mainly implemented by integrating contents of science, technology, engineering and mathematics into the regular curriculum. In fact, setting up schools specialising in cultivating innovation and technology talent is also worthy of consideration.

Leveraging industry efforts to promote STEM education


After years of advocacy efforts by the Government, some primary and secondary schools have made considerable achievements in promoting STEM education. However, some people believe that there is still room for improvement. What are the challenges facing STEM education in Hong Kong? How should the authorities respond?

Vocational education is not inferior (II): Change the public’s negative perception beginning with applied learning courses reforms


The Government suggests launching a pilot project on applied degrees in its latest Policy Address to promote the development of vocational and professional education and training (VPET). However, there has all along been prejudice against VPET being a second choice, the Centre recommends four measures to change the public’s negative impression of VPET by reforming applied learning courses in secondary education.

Vocational education is not inferior (I): The need of extra promotion in secondary level


Every trade has its master. Students nowadays have various opportunities to receive Vocational and professional education and training (VPET) starting from secondary level, which plays a pivotal role in broadening employment prospects for young people by enabling them to acquire work skills for the future. However, a survey revealed that students had little knowledge about VPET, with some even had misunderstanding. What are the problems in the promotion of VPET at the secondary level?

Improving financial literacy of generation slashie


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


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?


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?