English fluency vital for trade

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 January, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 January, 1998, 12:00am
 

The official announcement forbidding the use of English as a medium of instruction in some secondary schools which excel in many other academic areas has generated much controversy which has been highlighted in the media.


English is an important language in science and commerce. To maintain the competitiveness of Hong Kong in those areas, it has to at least maintain or improve the overall standard of English in secondary schools.


The issue of retaining English as a medium of instruction can be separated from the trappings of the former colonial sovereignty.


The education system can be considered to be Chinese-based, while English is used as the instruction medium. Furthermore, any change made to the education system does not have to be abrupt.


Results of appeals by about 20 secondary schools will soon be announced by the Education Department.


They include renowned schools of academic excellence, such as the Salesians, which has nurtured generations of successful students.


The Education Department has to make an important move and should not underrate schools of academic excellence.


May the department make the right decision, because the world is watching.


B Y FOO Illinois United States

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