Hong Kong’s education system has been surrounded by controversies over the past decade. These controversies include Moral and National education, the Territory-wide System Assessment (TSA), increasing suicide rates among schoolchildren, to name but a few. In this month’s Periscope, we look at how Hong Kong’s education system affects student’s social mobility in a broader perspective.
The objective of DSS is to inject more variety into Hong Kong’s school system, so how well is the scheme doing to achieve this objective? Varsity has talked to alumni from DSS schools and education advocates to look into the impact of the scheme on the social mobility of less privileged students in Hong Kong.
The relatively high percentage of non-JUPAS students in university programmes like business, medicine and law, imply that the well-off students are concentrated in the upper tier of the social strata, while the less well-off ones may find it harder to move upwards. In the second Periscope story, we talked to education experts, advocates and students in order to examine the disparity in education between the well-off and less well-off students in university admissions.