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Department of Education Studies

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Conference Title

Education, Ethnicity, and Inequality Symposium: Issues and Insights


This impressionistic paper will describe and discuss, from the perspective of their British father, the experience of a mixed British / Filipino set of female triplets as they navigate the Hong Kong local school system. It covers the period from September 2010, when they were promoted to P6 in one local subvented primary school, to today, when they are just about to complete S2 in three very different local secondary schools; one Protestant, single sex, subvented, with only a sprinkling of non-Chinese students; one Catholic, single sex, low cost DSS, with a large percentage of non- Chinese students; and one Catholic, coeducational, mid-priced DSS, predominantly Chinese but with a significant minority of non-Chinese students. Issues covered, perhaps briefly, will include the primary curriculum (particularly Chinese language), the secondary school application process (and the special problems it causes for “Non Chinese Speaking” students), the secondary school curriculum particularly Chinese language), extra-curricular activities, single-sex versus coeducational schools, the role of religion in schools, and differences in educational culture.

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Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR


Parenting experience, Hong Kong school system, non-Chinese students

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Place of Publication

Hong Kong SAR