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March 2011 – Dissecting DSS

March 2011 – Dissecting DSS

Varsity explores issues surrounding Hong Kong’s Direct Subsidy Scheme (DSS) schools. Do they provide value for money? Is it harder for poorer students to get into elite schools under the DSS scheme? We also hear from teachers who face pressure from parents of students at DSS schools.

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Weighing Cost and Quality

Weighing Cost and Quality

DSS schools get to receive government subsidies and charge students’ fees, so they have the resources to provide better facilities and teaching environment. Does this mean they are necessarily better?
By Gavin Li and Joana U

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Parents Conquer All

Parents Conquer All

Parents are increasingly being seen as customers as education becomes more market-oriented. Some teachers in DSS schools believe this has led to greater pressure on teachers from pushy parents.
By Billy Leung and Amy Leung

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Boosting the Best or Perpetuating Privilege?

Boosting the Best or Perpetuating Privilege?

As more and more of Hong Kong’s elite schools opt to join the DSS system, they will get to charge fees and pick Hong Kong’s best students. Does this mean it will be harder for poorer students to get into the city’s top schools?
By Raymond Tse and John Yip

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