A TVB programme recently pointed out that the standard of English among the young here is very low.
The overall decline in the standard of English is due to poor junior education.
In our primary schools, emphasis is put on vocabulary and reading comprehension. Grammar and sentence structure are often ignored.
However, secondary school English teachers assume students know the basic concepts. Also, it is more difficult for students to learn English at a higher level.
On the other hand, students are too shy to speak English in class and have little opportunity to practise so are unable to speak fluently.
There will be a serious unemployment problem in the years to come. Many of our future graduates will have a low level of English, thus employers will start turning to people from Singapore or China as they have a higher standard of English.
English is important if Hong Kong wants to maintain business with Western countries. The Government should do something to improve the level of of the language here.
TSANG TO-YIN New Territories