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Department of Education Studies

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Education, Ethnicity, and Inequality Symposium: Issues and Insights


Many secondary schools face critical enrolment situation because of the drastic drop in birth rate more than a decade ago, it is expected that 5000 less secondary school places are needed each year. Many schools look on ethnic minorities as saviors so as to avoid school closure.

More than 13 years of experience working for ethnic minority in Hong Kong, Dr Chan Kui Pui transformed a Chinese medium secondary school to one of the first “designated”(1) schools now admitting more than 800 students of South Asian ethnicities. He also became the principal of a “closing”(2) primary school and currently having 500 ethnic minorities. At the moment Dr Chan introduces a new education model to immerse Chinese and ethnic minorities in a secondary school of mostly new immigrants from Mainland China. In this article, Dr Chan shares his stories and experience of making ethnic minority a savior of schools.

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Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR


Ethnic minority students, school admission, schooling of minorities

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Hong Kong SAR