Helping to make HK an education hub

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 August, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 August, 2009, 12:00am

Britain's Harrow School is planning to open an international school in the city. The government believes allowing Harrow International School to operate primary and secondary sections here will help transform Hong Kong into a regional education hub.

But I doubt whether this will help our younger generation. I think the government has failed to understand the community's requirements.

Don't we have enough international schools? How about our own culture and education?

I believe an international school cannot make a big contribution to our education. In addition, Harrow will get a 3.7-hectare site in Tuen Mun. But only its students will benefit from the facilities.

Most of us will still be crammed into tiny classrooms.

It doesn't make sense to have yet another international school. We have a lot to learn from our own education system. We cannot copy foreigners all the time. In an ideal world, Hongkongers will be educating Hongkongers. I believe this will come true one day.

Eunice, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Eunice. We should try not to confuse business with our education.

While education is indeed big business as far as tutorial centres are concerned, generally speaking the two are separate. As Hong Kong tries to cement its identity as a vibrant, financially savvy city, it also needs to look for new business opportunities to offset those that have been lost to the mainland.

Establishing Hong Kong as a learning hub is just one more venture in that direction.