Frontpage words - January 25, 2010

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Schools offer gifts in bid to survive

by Elaine Yau

SCMP, page A1 and A2 January 25, 2010


1. Secondary schools scrambling for survival are offering free netbooks computers ...
- struggle to stay open -

2. student numbers tumble
- fall suddenly and sharply -

3. Other tactics include image overhauls guided by public-relations professionals
- ways to get more student enrolment -
- makeover -

4. the enrolment problems that have bedevilled local primary schools in recent years
- plagued, afflicted -

5. to reach the 61 threshold risk closure
- minimum limit -

6. To stave off that fate, they are going to ...
- To prevent this from happening -

7. Reputation and word of mouth are two key factors affecting parents' choice of schools
- friends' oral references -

8. Schools with lower academic abilities have borne the brunt of falling enrolments
- were the ones that were mostly affected -

9. to brace for grim times ahead
- to prepare for harsh times ahead -

10. ways to handle the surplus of school places and teaching staff
- extra -

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