Frontpage words - February 4, 2010

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School reforms 'don't breach the Basic Law'

by Yvonne Tsui and Elaine Yau

SCMP, page A1 & A4 February 4, 2010


1. school reforms 'don't breach the Basic Law
- break, go against -
antonym (opposite): the reforms are inconsistent with the Basic Law

2. The Court of Appeal yesterday upheld the constitutionality of the government's schools management reforms in 2004
- supported the legitimacy, legality -

3. The statement said Catholic schools ... would no longer be genuine Catholic schools one day
- real -

4. It said the reforms hindered the diocese
- handicapped -

5. to conduct their affairs unfettered by government interference
- without being bothered -

6. they have not been debarred
- excluded -

7. Another holdout was less defiant
- negotiator who hopes to get their way by refusing to agree with the decision -
- daring, rebellious -

8. Schools with strong ideological background ... are afraid that their authority will be diluted
- diminish -

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