The millions to be spent on overseas education for the few won't meet our need for a cohort of good pre-school teachers. Photo: Edward Wong

Hong Kong tops the class in confused policymaking

In Hong Kong's more recent history, there is no better illustration of bureaucratic myopia and confusion of policy objectives than the government's proposal, announced by the financial secretary in his budget speech in February, to inject HK$480 million into the Government Scholarship Fund to enable outstanding students to pursue degree or teacher-training programmes in prestigious overseas universities, on condition that they come back to teach for at least two years.