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Can the identity of ‘full-time mum’ be a competitive edge in job seeking?


Lack of work experience, long gaps in employment and the problem of ‘motherhood penalty’ have always been barriers for full-time mothers to return to the workforce. A US-based women’s group thereby advocates writing into the resume their position of a ‘stay-at-home mum’ to fight workplace discrimination. How should employers treat ‘motherhood’ as a legitimate job?

What are the premises for rolling out a regular unemployment assistance scheme?


Hong Kong has been hit hard by the economic crises one after another in the past, resulting in tides of unemployment. While some scholars believe that setting up a regular unemployment assistance scheme would be a right move to tackle the problem, the Government says otherwise. What are their points of disagreement?

Family education has a bigger role to play amid pandemic


All kindergartens, primary and secondary schools have suspended face-to-face classes and school activities during the pandemic. Students staying at home for prolonged periods can pose challenges to maintaining physical and mental health. For example, lack of exercise and unhealthy eating habits can cause overweight problems. As it is currently difficult for schools and social institutions to provide substantive support face-to-face, parents have a bigger role to play in helping their children stay healthy.

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?