A brand does not always mean quality

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 June, 2011, 12:00am


Recently it was announced that an expensive new boarding school would be built on the site of a former military barracks in Tuen Mun using a famous brand name. The institution will be named after Harrow School, a famous and very old private school in England which has an excellent reputation. Many successful and famous people were students there, including former British prime minister Winston Churchill.

So far, hundreds of Hong Kong parents have put down their children's names to attend this new school. They are prepared to pay huge fees for the education.

Does a brand name always mean high quality? I don't think it does. Lots of successful people did not have a 'brand-name education' when they were young, yet they were still able to achieve many things in their lives. In my opinion, a poor or high-quality education depends largely on the attitude of the students and whether they work hard to succeed in school.

Tsang Oi-yee

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Oi-yee. It is one of life's hard lessons that people who have a better education are far more likely to be successful than people who do not. By attending a brand-name school, students will likely go on to top universities. And those who graduate from these universities will have a better chance of getting good jobs. More importantly, they will be more able to network with powerful people than students with lower educational qualifications.

This does not mean that if a student does not attend a 'quality' school they are doomed. There is no guarantee that you will be successful, even if you try your hardest. What is guaranteed is that you will not be successful if you don't try.

Susan, Editor