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Sign language: Breaking the sound of silence


Most deaf students who attend mainstream schools currently have little chance of learning sign language. Besides, there is a limited supply of qualified sign language interpreters in Hong Kong – only around 50. What will life be like for the deaf if sign language disappears one day?

Science education in Hong Kong: The 2015 PISA report and educational reforms


Hong Kong students did not perform as well on the science portion of the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) as compared to prior assessments. Also, enjoyment of science among students was found to have decreased. This week the Centre analyses some of the potential factors behind the decrease in PISA science scores and possible ways to improve the situation.

We are the champions: A winning formula for vocational education


Many electrical and mechanical maintenance industries are facing an aging workforce. Some industry insiders believe this is mainly down to outsiders lacking understanding of the industry and overlooking the technical expertise involved. One way to enhance the industry’s image and recognition is to make use of large-scale worldwide competitions such as WorldSkills. What lessons can be learned from Mainland China and South Korea?

Scoring or learning? Why not both?


It is commonly stated that ‘Learning is more than a test score’. But does this mean assessment mechanisms, although necessary, inherently detrimental to students’ learning? Studies show that a well-designed grading system can actually improve learning culture and help students become independent and autonomous learners.

Taking a gap year: Suitability for Hong Kong graduates


Many Hong Kong students are familiar with the gap year option, and long for a life as a gapper. Social convention assumes that students enter the labour market immediately upon graduation. Is the idea too foreign to Hongkongers or they don’t see the point in doing this?

University rankings: Do they represent everything?


With so many league tables on hand, in theory students should have no problem telling the good universities from the bad. However, it is important to bear in mind that ‘no size fits all’ – apart from scrutinising the rankings in league tables, students need to make sure the ranking criteria are in line with their individual needs.