What is to blame for a slump in Hong Kong's English-language skills?

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 06 November, 2013, 7:37am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 06 November, 2013, 9:33am

  • Sliding quality of its English education 58
  • Rising popularity of Putonghua 6
  • Bigger influence of the mainland 29
  • Other (please comment) 7
  • Sliding quality of its English education
  • Rising popularity of Putonghua
  • Bigger influence of the mainland
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I have never sensed nor felt that the standard of English was much higher in the past in general. Although it might be true that the standard among the elite kids was higher in the past--MORE so than it is now. When I first came in the 80s, I remember quite clearly remarks made by friends and relatives about how lousy the English standard was here. That was then.
I don't think HK's standard of English has ever been higher than that of the other Southeast Asian English-speaking communities.
Declining need. English education is the least reason -- teaching and learning English have always been poor for most schools in Hong Kong.
If that were true, we would see HK's advantage over Singapore gradually disappearing - oh wait.
All of the above?!