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Hong Kong Unison | Research on Ethnic Minority Parental Choice in Primary School Selection in HK

Major Findings and Analysis:

1) Ethnic minority parents did not prefer their children enter racially segregated schools. 2) Larger percentage of ethnic minority parents expressed dissatisfaction in the school’s racial composition where there are many ethnic minorities and few Chinese.

Some parents are willing to place their children into mainstream schools with majority Chinese students because they think these schools will provide better Chinese language learning environments, which will be beneficial to their children’s long-term future. However, some parents with children enrolled in mainstream primary schools encounter major difficulties, including the lack of language support in various school subjects and unwelcoming attitude from school teachers.

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