Poverty linked to education

PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 January, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 January, 2005, 12:00am


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Students from lower-income families believe they have a lower chance of receiving a tertiary education, a survey by The Hongkong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) has found.

The survey, conducted last month, asked about 800 people aged 15 to 24 about their expectations for the future.

It found that only 34.8 per cent of young people from the low-income group believed they would have the chance to attend university, significantly lower than the 48.8 per cent among higher-income groups.

The federation's executive director, Rosanna Wong Yick-ming, urged the government to grant subsidies to provide more study opportunities for teenagers from poor families, and to create a society that ensured teenagers would not lose their competitiveness because of poverty.

For more details of the survey, visit