School in Britain has its ups and downs, as this student discovered
Mimi (not her real name) received her primary and secondary education in Hong Kong. She studied Year 12 (equivalent to Form Six) at Ipswich School, East England, last academic year. Here she shares her experience of studying overseas:
'The British education system is much better than Hong Kong's. The teachers there are very conscientious. They really have a passion for teaching. British students are more proactive. They are not shy to raise their hands to ask questions and discuss problems in class. This provides a good interactive study environment.
'While a Hong Kong public examination can determine the career fate of a candidate, the British examination system is more flexible - there are two exams a year, one in January and another in June. Work performance also counts as part of the exam results.
'As a Hong Kong Chinese, however, it's not easy to penetrate into the British students' social circle. Life to me is a bit lonely there.'