Students read at a pop-up library run by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, in April. Hong Kong parents want their children to be proficient in both English and Chinese, but in the public school system, it is hard to find teachers, let alone students, who are truly proficient in both official languages and in speaking Mandarin. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Mother-tongue language policy: how Hong Kong failed where Singapore succeeded

Regina Ip says the effectiveness of Singapore’s bilingual education should be credited to Lee Kuan Yew’s foresight and sound policies, which Hong Kong – now caught in a row over the status of Cantonese language – sorely needs

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Students read at a pop-up library run by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, in April. Hong Kong parents want their children to be proficient in both English and Chinese, but in the public school system, it is hard to find teachers, let alone students, who are truly proficient in both official languages and in speaking Mandarin. Photo: Jonathan Wong
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Regina Ip

Regina Ip

Regina Ip served as Hong Kong's secretary for security from 1998 to 2003. After three years’ studies in the US, she returned to Hong Kong with a view to improving Hong Kong’s governance. She is now chairperson of New People’s Party and a legislator elected on Hong Kong Island.