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Revamped TSAs ‘will help teachers, won’t repeat over-drilling issues’ Listen
The revamped Territory-wide System Assessment (TSA) for primary three students, which was tested in some schools last year, will be extended to all primary schools this year. Critics say the government is going against public demands to drop the tests, which they said led to pupils being over-drilled. They say the government is re-launching the TSAs, but packaging it as an extended trial. The chair of the Education Bureau’s Committee on Home-School Cooperation, Henry Tong, says the revamped TSAs will help teachers to improve teaching and learning and rejected accusations that previous problems with the TSAs will be repeated. He spoke to Annemarie Evans.
Shift to electric buses feasible and profitable, say PolyU researchers Listen
Researchers from the Polytechnic University say the government should introduce electric buses to combat local air pollution. They say Hong Kong lags behind the mainland, the UK and Germany in replacing diesel buses with zero-emission electric buses. Dr Hung Wing-tat, from the university’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, says the government should buy 200 electric buses and minibuses to show local bus operators that shifting towards green buses is both feasible and profitable. Hung told Jim Gould that an ongoing two-year study by the government into electric vehicles wasn’t going as well as hoped.
Batteries to blame for Galaxy Note 7 explosions: Samsung Listen
The world’s biggest smartphone maker Samsung says faulty batteries are to blame for the problems that plagued its Galaxy Note 7 devices – which it was ultimately forced to recall and discontinue. The debacle cost the company billions of dollars in lost profit and damage to its reputation. RTHK’s Seoul correspondent, Frank Smith, told Annemarie Evans about the investigation and the fallout.