Updated: Oct 6
In anticipation of the Chief Executive's 2021 Policy Address, Hong Kong Unison asks the HKSARG to rebuild the Chinese second language policy and defend the Chinese learning rights of students from ethnic minority groups.
In 2018/2019 school year, only 106 students from non-Chinese speaking families applied to sit Chinese at HKDSE level. Out of these, only 20 students achieved Level 3 or above.
Instead around 80% of students from non-Chinese speaking families took an overseas Chinese exam such as GCSE . The GCSE Chinese is equivalent to P2 or P3 at a local CMI school. Hong Kong Unison say these alternative qualifications are like a sugar coated poison as the students spend many years studying a low level of Chinese which does not adequately prepare them for life in the real world.
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