Skills shortage no real surprise

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 18 January, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 18 January, 2003, 12:00am

I have seen many articles in the past lamenting the English standards of Hong Kong pupils. I am a primary school NET and know it is common to see Primary One children shying away from a simple question like, 'What's your name?', or to encounter Primary Six children not able to make a single coherent sentence. But, it's not the pupils' fault. NETs offer a quality English language education to students and create an environment conducive to English language speaking within the classroom. But since there is no general environment outside the school for children to practice English, it is no surprise that NETs find a shortage of skills in their pupils. After all English is only a second language for them.


Lantau Island