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English or languish - Probing the ramifications
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  • Central Policy Unit

    • About CPU

    • Part-time Members of the Central Policy Unit

    • Bringing the Vision to Life - Hong Kong's Long-Term Development Needs and Goals (pdf format - 421 Kb)
      3.The Way Forward
      Strategic Themes: Theme 2 Enhancing competitiveness
      3.15 Highest quality human resources

      A fundamental overhaul of Hong Kong's education and vocational training system is needed to meet
      the community's changing needs. This process must take into account the best international practices.
      This would include providing an education system that stimulates innovative and creative thinking
      and enhances information technology skills as well as English and Chinese language skills. It is also
      essential for the Hong Kong community to recognise the importance of life-long learning. The
      Commission notes that the Government has been implementing a number of major initiatives to
      improve the quality of education and vocational training and welcomes the Education Commission's
      review of the education system.

  • Department of Justice

    • BLIS - Hong Kong Bilingual Laws Information System ( English | Chinese)

      One can obtain an online copy of the relevant chapter of Hong Kong Law simply by entering the chapter number in the designated area. Once you arrive at the website, click on Go to BLIS and enter the chapter number in the box indicated.

      • Trust Law

        • Recognition of Trusts Ordinance (CAP 76)
        • Registrered Trustees Incorporation Ordinance (CAP 306)
        • Trustee Ordinance (CAP 29)
        • Variation of Trusts Ordinance (CAP 253)

  • Education and Manpower Bureau (English) No longer available at this address.

Important Note: Many of the pages listed here have been either moved or deactivated by their respective hosts. Those indicated in red were no longer valid as of 03/01/03. As it was recently announced that the EMB and Department of Education will be consolidated; it is likely that more webpages will disappear. When the dust has settled a new attempt will be made to reorient you in the proper direction.

Further important notice: The long awaited SCOLAR report is out. A link to the report is provided below.

The EMB is responsible for formulating, developing, and reviewing education and manpower policies, programmes, and legislation in for the Government of the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong. The bureau also monitors the services provided by the Education Department, the University Grants Committee, the Student Financial Assistance Agency, the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority, as well as the Vocational Training Council, the Employees Retraining Board, the Construction Industry Training Authority, and the Clothing Industry Training Authority.

  • Education Commission

    The Education Commission (EC) was set up in February 1984 as a non-statutory body to advise government on the overall development of Hong Kong education with regard to community needs.

    The commission monitors progress in seven key areas including language education, curriculum reform, support for schools, professional development, admissions systems, assessment mechanisms and post-secondary education opportunities.

  • Hong Kong Department of Education (English No longer available at this address.| Chinese)

  • Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment No longer available at this address.

    The Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority is an independent, self-financing statutory body, formerly known as the Hong Kong Examinations Authority. The authority provides assessment of basic competency in Chinese, English and Mathematics for primary-one to secondary-three students.

    The authority conducts two local public examinations: the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) and the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE). On behalf of overseas examining bodies and local professional bodies, it also administers over 120 other examinations leading to academic, professional or practical qualifications in a variety of areas. The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) examinations, the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) examinations, and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination are among these.

  • Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIE)

    The HKIEd is a leading teacher education institution in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) was formally established by statute in April 1994 by uniting the former Northcote College of Education, Grantham College of Education, Sir Robert Black College of Education, the Hong Kong Technical Teachers' College and the Institute of Language in Education, as recommended by the Education Commission in 1992. 

    The HKIEd formally came under the aegis of the University Grants Committee in January 1997 and was relocated to a new purpose-built campus in Tai Po in the same year. The Institute plays a key role in helping the Hong Kong Government fulfil its commitments: to curriculum reform; to achieve its goal of an 'all graduate all trained' teaching profession; and to provide for the continuous professional development of all serving teachers. 

  • Inland Revenue Department (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region)

  • Legislative Council

  • Quality Education Fund

    The Quality Education Fund (QEF) was established on 2 January 1998 to finance projects for the promotion of quality education in Hong Kong. The QEF was an important recommendation of the Education Commission Report No.7 (ECR7). The QEF provides for worthwhile non-profit making initiatives in basic education including pre-primary, primary, secondary and special education.

  • Shambles

    This website is designed to support the international school communities (teachers, support staff, administrators, students and parents) in 17 countries in South East Asia.