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January 12, 2009

Hong Kong secondary schools to use English again

Many secondary schools in Hong Kong are likely to be given the choice of reverting back to teaching in English. It is eleven years since the 'mother tongue' policy was introduced and most schools were obliged to teach in Chinese, and English standards have fallen significantly since then.

The level of English in Hong Kong has been declining at a time when English is becoming more and more necessary internationally, so it looks like the government will have to take action. The proposal submitted by the Education Secretary calls for 80 Hong Kong schools to be given the choice of reverting to English and for many other schools to teach some subjects in English.

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