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ERIC Number: ED354755
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1015-2059
Prioritising Equality of Outcome in Hong Kong Secondary School Education.
Bruce, Nigel
Hongkong Papers in Linguistics and Language Teaching, v14 p81-87 1991
A November 1990 recommendation by the Hong Kong government's education department to adopt a language-streaming policy is discussed. The policy would have children tested and assigned to English-medium or Chinese-medium instruction in the sixth year of elementary school. Implications of this development are examined from the point of view of higher education and from the perspective of providing equal education for all children. Disadvantages to children taught in Chinese and proceeding to higher education are given special attention. Two alternatives are proposed: (1) delaying streaming decisions for an additional 2 years; (2) offering an opportunity for Chinese-medium students to start on their college preparation early; and (3) having students in both streams follow the same curriculum but having Chinese-medium students use the final secondary year to prepare for postsecondary study. It is proposed that because of mandates for higher education to increase enrollment, reduce costs, and compete with other English-speaking countries' universities, the best solution might be for higher education to offer a college-preparatory year for Chinese-medium students. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong