Best of Both Worlds?

More and more local families are sending their children to international schools in Hong Kong. Some do it to escape the high-pressure test culture of local schools, others for the English learning environment. But what are the pros and cons of this choice and what does the future look like for these students?

School’s not for everyone

More an more young people are struggling in Hong Kong's education system and some drop out of secondary school without taking their public exams. They may try to seek different paths, but it's hard in a society that still values conventional qualifications.

The STEM Paradox

The Hong Kong government is injecting a load of money to promote STEM education, but students seem to be less interested in studying science. Varsity explores the reasons behind.

At College with Learning Disabilities

More SEN students are pursuing tertiary level education, but the government has no defined policy on integrated education in these institutions. What support do these students need?

Living with disabled parents

Hong Kong offers support for disabled people, but do little to help their children. Varsity explores the ups and downs of living with disabled parents.

Fix it!

The cheap cost of consumer goods encourages a throwaway culture where people chuck things when they break without regard of the harmful environmental impacts. Some people still remember the good old alternative to tossing stuff away - fixing them.

Visible and Vulnerable

The increased visibility of the LGBT community has led more people to support anti-discrimination legislation against sexual minorities, but is society really more accepting of sexual minorities? Varsity looks into the hostility they still face despite their increased exposure.

Sun Sets on Evening Schools

Evening schools have been in decline since the government rolled out its universal education policy. Varsity looks at how the few remaining evening schools struggle to survive - and their importance in providing basic education to those who cannot attend day schools.

The Exploited

The government has been outsourcing public services to cut costs since the 1990s. By 2014, there were almost 60,000 oursourced workers in low-paid jobs such as cleaners and security guards. But as Varsity learns, inadequate protections lead to the widespread abuse of outsourced workers' rights.

Hungry for a decent diet

The word 'hunger' seems out of place in affluent Hong Kong, but research shows many low-income households in the city struggle to get a decent diet. One study found that 40,000 people can't afford to eat three meals a day.
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