Hong Kong’s Education System: Caught Between ‘One Country’ and ‘Two Systems’

Hong Kong’s Education System: Caught Between ‘One Country’ and ‘Two Systems’
Students laugh during an English grammar lesson taught by a "celebrity tutor" in Hong Kong, Dec. 9, 2013 (AP photo by Kin Cheung).

For years, Hong Kong’s education system has been a paragon of academic achievement, consistently ranked among the leading systems in the world. Yet Hong Kong’s education policy is far from perfect, and its highly competitive environment has produced problems of its own. Moreover, Hong Kong’s relationship with mainland China has created an identity dilemma and limited its potential as an education hub. In an email interview, Bob Adamson, chair professor of Curriculum Reform at the Education University of Hong Kong and UNESCO chairholder in TVET and Lifelong Learning, explains the development of Hong Kong’s education system, what the choice of […]

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