Experiencing racism in schools

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 31 May, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 31 May, 1997, 12:00am

I refer to the letter by K. Chong for the Director of Education (South China Morning Post, May 21).

He stated that any complaints of discrimination against 'children with learning difficulties or other special needs' will be thoroughly investigated. What about discrimination against students from a different racial background? Being part of an ethnic minority studying in a local school, some of my friends (luckily not me) have been victims of blatant racism.

Unfortunately, they have nowhere to go with their complaints; forget about the school authorities. I would also like to raise another issue. Why are there only a handful of local schools (both primary and secondary) which enrol students of other racial backgrounds thus depriving them of their right to choose a suitable school? Hong Kong claims to be a multi-cultural society but when it comes to local schools, it is essentially homo-cultural. I hope the Education Department looks into this matter too and justifies its claim of a non-discriminatory education system.