Discrimination appears to have been pushed into the background
I read with interest about the schooling experience of Professor Stevenson Fung Hon-yuen and the Equal Opportunities Commission's (EOC) 1999 study of the unemployment of those with a disability (Education Post, November 23).
No mention, however, was made of disability discrimination in education in Hong Kong's schools and what the EOC is (not) doing about it.
The Disability Discrimination Ordinance went into effect in 1996 but there has not been one court case for alleged disability discrimination in education in Hong Kong since then. The EOC on its Web site promotes this core organisational value: energetic and proactive in pursuing issues of discrimination. Is Anna Wu Hung-yuk, chairperson of the EOC, embarrassed that the only court case her staff can quote in the EOC's 48-page booklet is from Queensland, Australia, which is a sovereign state with different legislation, policies and regulations?
We started our Springboard classes in the English section of Korean International School for developmentally-delayed children, both Cantonese and English speaking, partly because their parents could not find local schools, either government or private, willing to enrol them.
English Section, KIS